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Man Murders Wife, Sister In Apparent Mercy Killing

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In a heartbreaking incident that ABC 7 is calling a mercy killing, a man allegedly shot and killed his wife, who was suffering from dementia, then drove to a North Hills nursing home and killed his comatose sister.

The sister's killing happened earlier today at 9:20 a.m. Police are telling the Los Angeles Times that the 60-year-old man drove to the Country Villa Sheraton Nursing Rehabilitation Hospital and shot his sister in the head as she lay in her bed. His sister had been lying in a vegetative state for five years after a heart attack, the L.A. Times reports.

Afterward, the man put his gun down and waited for police to arrive and arrest him.

Authorities initially believed that the man had only killed his sister at the nursing home, but when another family member called police to do a welfare check on the man's wife, they found her dead in her Canyon Country home, according to ABC 7.

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The man and the victims have not yet been identified.