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20. A Murder-Suicide
A man and a woman died in an
murder-suicide last night in Altadena. The man was
-year-old Dominic Vittorio. The woman was his 70-year-old wife,
. The couple had been married for 50 years.
fact, their 50th anniversary occurred just a month
, according to their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Allen. The
was childless and had no close friends. Mr.
was a retired carpenter who had emphysema and
blind in one eye because of a cataract.
wife was a diabetic who had already had
foot amputated because of complications from the disease.
eyesight was almost completely gone.
“They were such
nice couple,” said Mrs. Allen. “I’ve lived next
them for the last 20 years or so.
’m widowed, and Dom always used to help me
things like changing light bulbs and fixing appliances.
had no kids, but they were always friendly
the neighborhood kids. Every Halloween they handed out
of candy and fresh fruit. But about eight
ago Vicky came down with diabetes, and things
haven’t been the same for her or Dom.
used to be so friendly and full of
, and then they just seemed to get quieter
“She used to come over to my
once or twice a week, and we would
about all kinds of things and have the
time. But that happened less and less as
got sicker. So I would go over to
house about once a week and we would
. But the conversations steadily got shorter, and she
to lose interest in listening and in talking.
didn’t say it, but you could tell she
in a lot of pain.”
Mrs. Allen said
hadn’t even talked to either of the Vittorios
almost a year. They never came out. Even
was delivered to them by a local agency.
said she heard two gunshots last night—“It scared
half to death!” She immediately called the police. “
a sad ending for such nice people,” she
. “Together in sickness, but alone in the world.”