DURHAM, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — An award-winning artist and her husband were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide at their Connecticut home. Their dog also was fatally shot.

State police on Wednesday identified the victims as 71-year-old Terry Oakes Bourret and her husband, 74-year-old Donald Bourret. Their bodies were found inside their home in Durham Tuesday evening.

Medical studies estimate murder-suicide claims between 1,000 and 1,500 lives each year in the United States, according to The Violence Policy Center.

State medical examiners released preliminary findings that the couple and their dog all died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide. Their deaths remain under investigation.

Terry Oakes Bourret’s website biography says she was a former nurse who became a professional artist and art teacher after studying painting in Rockport, Massachusetts. The biography says she won more than a hundred regional and national awards, including honors from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York.



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