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Pinellas couple dies in murder-suicide at Tennessee cabin

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Published:   |   Updated: August 13, 2014 at 06:38 AM

A Tarpon Springs woman and her husband died in an apparent murder-suicide at a cabin in Tennessee where they had been staying with her relatives.

Deputies in Sevier County, Tennessee, said Genevieve Crosby, 48, was shot four times. Her husband, Richard Crosby, 52, was found shot and dead in the same room about 11 a.m. Monday.

The husband died at the scene from a single gunshot wound. Genevieve Crosby died on the way to a hospital, authorities said.

Genevieve Crosby’s mother and father, as well as her daughter, also were staying in the cabin, according to a Sevier County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Genevieve Crosby was the marketing and communications coordinator for the Tarpon Springs Cultural and Civic Services Department.

“It was definitely devastating to hear,” said former Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris. “She was good with people. She had a great personality. It’s a tragic loss.”

“This is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to her family,” said Tarpon Springs Police Department Capt. Jeff Young. “She was a great person.”

Grief counseling has been made available to city employees.

“Acting City Manager, Chief of Police Robert Kochen, speaks for all of us in extending our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends,” wrote Judy Staley, a spokeswoman for the city.

Law enforcement officials in Sevier County, which encompasses several resort towns skirting the northwest edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, are continuing to investigate the case.

The murder-suicide is the second tragedy this year in Tarpon Springs.

In May, Steven Schwartz, a 74-year-old physician who practiced in Dunedin, was found dead in his mansion at 1310 Belcher Drive, Tarpon Springs, where he lived with his wife. The investigation is continuing. Police have released few details about the case but have told neighbors not to be concerned about repeat incidents.

 

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