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Updated: 6:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 | Posted: 7:42 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Pa. —
State police said the deaths of a man and woman found near a Lawrence County lake are being investigated as a murder-suicide.
The body of 54-year-old Ronald Hartman was found on the ground near a pickup truck at Bessemer State Lake Thursday afternoon.
Shirley Rivardo, 50, was found in a nearby truck with a gunshot wound. Investigators said she later died at a nearby hospital.
State police said it appears Hartman shot Rivardo, then turned the gun on himself, but they don't know why.
Hartman's son, Kyle Hartman, told Channel 11 News that the couple had lived happily together for six years.
"I'm just as shocked as you guys and everybody," Kyle Hartman said. "My dad was a good person and a loving father."
Kyle Hartman said there was no note or warning leading up to the tragic event. He said he had seen his father hours before.
"He said, 'I love you,' and to come home to cook dinner," Kyle Hartman said.
Police said there had not been any disturbance calls at the couple's home.
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