A husband shot his wife in the chest with a shotgun before turning it on himself at their Windsor Locks home, according to investigators.
Stuart Duncan, 51, was seen sitting on his front porch Monday morning, hours before office of the chief medical examiner said he shot and killed his wife, 44-year-old Brigitte Duncan, and then turned the gun on himself in the head.
"It's unfortunate, this stuff shouldn't happen," said neighbor Richard Congelosi.
A relative, who lived with the Duncans, found the bodies inside a first-floor bedroom at the home on Webb Street.
"There was a police officer over here, they were here for hours," Congelosi said.
Records show that the incident marked the ninth domestic-related murder-suicide in Connecticut.
The Duncans lived in the home for 10 years, according to neighbors. However, they mostly kept to themselves.
Stuart and Brigitte Duncan had children living under their roof, some from previous marriages, but they had at least one daughter together.
Neighbors said they would often see Brigitte Duncan tending to her children and summer was their favorite season.
"I would see her with the kids all the time. They even had lemonade for sale. It's a sad situation," Congelosi said.
Police said the children were away at camp when the incident happened. Police said the couple's children were safe and staying with family.
"For me, I was shocked, I couldn't believe it," said Kelly Marinone. "I was sad because I didn't know he was feeling like this, and I think, eventually, upset, because he left his kids."
Stuart's friends at the Windsor Locks Polish Club were beside themselves when they talked with Eyewitness News on Tuesday.
The longtime member would usually come to Windsor Locks Polish Club after work. Friends told Eyewitness News he lost his job months ago, but would still come by to socialize.
"He came in here, had soda, stayed for a little bit and went home," Marinone said.
Eyewitness News searched through the court system and the couple didn't have any problems.
"It's sad. It's a sad world we live in, sad state of affairs we live in these days," said Dave Vaicunas, a neighbor.
Police said they found the gun used in the crime.
Police are still investigating, and just like neighbors and friends, they're searching for a motive.
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