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Macon County murder-suicide leaves neighbors stunned

Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker said the bodies were discovered by a family member who was staying with the couple. (John Garlock/KTVO)

A murder-suicide involving a Macon County couple has left their neighbors stunned.

The tragedy happened in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Charles and Sharon Wade residence on Golden Avenue, eight miles south of Callao, Missouri.

Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker told KTVO Charles Wade, 75, fatally shot his 74-year-old wife, Sharon, in the chest with a 9 mm pistol.

He then shot himself in the chest.

A family member who was staying with the Wades found their bodies in their bedroom shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.

The two were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbor Connie Lyda told KTVO the whole community is in shock.

"She had not been well for quite a while, and I don't know if the burden just got to him so bad," Lyda said. "I don't know. He did leave a note, from what we've been told, that he just couldn't take care of her any longer."

Shoemaker confirmed Charles did leave a note.

Lyda said the Wades were originally from the St. Louis area, but they had lived in southern Macon County near Thomas Hill Lake for about 13 years.

Lyda said she is in disbelief that Charles could have done something like this.

"Just one of the nicest neighbors you could ever have," Lyda said. "He shared his garden with everybody. In fact, we had some gravel this spring that he came and, you know, bladed off for us. Just as helpful as he could be."

Shoemaker said Sharon Wade had been having a bunch of health complications recently, and Charles had been having difficulty sleeping.

According to online obituaries, the Wades are both military veterans and will be buried next week at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery outside Jacksonville, Missouri.

The murder-suicide was investigated by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control and Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes.

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