TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Massachusetts woman facing
foreclosure fatally shot herself and left a suicide note telling
her husband and son to use life insurance money to pay for the
Taunton police say 53-year-old Carlene Balderrama used her
husband's high-powered rifle to kill herself yesterday afternoon,
shortly after faxing a letter to her mortgage company saying she
would be dead by the time they foreclosed on her house.
The police chief says the mortgage company called authorities,
who found Balderrama's body at 3:30 p.m. The auction was scheduled
to start at 5 p.m. and interested buyers arrived at the property in
Taunton, about 35 miles south of Boston, while Balderrama's body
was still inside.
A man who works with her husband, John Balderrama, told The
Boston Globe the husband didn't know about the foreclosure because
his wife handled the bills.
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