Franklin police investigating murder-suicide of elderly couple

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 1:08 PM CDT
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Franklin police say they're investigating a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a Franklin couple found in their home Sunday.

Franklin police responded to a 911 call in the 700 block on North Sharp on Sunday. There they discovered the deceased couple. Based on evidence and autopsies, it appears the male shot himself after shooting the female three times. There is no known history of family violence.

The family has identified the couple as Kenneth, 92, and Ruth Ann Thurman, 90, of Franklin.

KBTX spoke with the couple's son on Monday, who said the two were married for more than 70 years. He says his parents loved their family and their community and they will be missed by everyone.

We want to remind you there is help available. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidential support and information about local resources that are available. The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 Warning Signs of Suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Tlaking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreame mood swings

What to Do:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objests that could be used in a sucide attempt
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergancy room, or seek help form medical or mental health professional

Who Can Help:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 A free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or those aroun them, with support, information and local resources. 

  • The Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-82255, Press 1

The Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line connect veterans and service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring U.S Department of Veterans Affaris responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat or text. 

  • Crisis Text Line: 741-741

This free text-message service provides 24/7 support to those in crisis. Text 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor right now.