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Horror as married couple commit double suicide in small town cemetery






Police say Matthew VanWaus, 38, and his wife Leah VanWaus, 31, drove to a secluded cemetery in Victor, Iowa, parked their car and killed themselves.


Both Mr and Mrs VanWaus shot themselves individually, according to police, ending their lives together on Friday, May 11.


The small town of Victor, which has a population of less than a thousand, was shaken by the mysterious double suicide.


'He was a good man, well-liked and respected, and he will be greatly missed in Eldridge,' said James Martin, who spoke of the couple fondly to the Mail Online.


'We were all saddened and shocked to hear of his and his wife’s deaths.'


Police told the Mail Online that they responded to a call of an apparent double suicide shortly after 6 a.m. on Friday.


Family members located the couple's unoccupied vehicles parked in a Victor Cemetery and after a search of the area, deputies found the bodies of Matthew and Leah VanWaus.


Police are still investigating the incident which shook the city.



Respects: Services for Mr VanWaus will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor

'Matt is the last person I would have picked for doing something like this,' former colleague John Dowd told the North Scott Press.

'I am absolutely shocked.'


The couple was married on October 16, 2004 and moved to Davenport, Iowa shortly thereafter.


For the past nine years, Mrs VanWaus served as human resource and telecommunications executive for Shaw Electric Inc. in Davenport.


'Matt is the last person I would have picked for doing something like this.'
John Dowd

Mr VanWaus was the assistant city administrator for the city of Eldridge for seven years until last May.


Mr Dowd said that after Mr Van Waus left his position with the city, he lost touch with him.

'We were all surprised when he left Eldridge, and after he left he really didn’t keep in contact with us. We never had any real personal news from him,' Mr Dowd said.


Services for Mr VanWaus will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor while the funeral in Mrs VanWaus’s honor will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Linn Grove Church, 200 Linn Grove Rd., Mount Vernon.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2145527/Couple-commits-double-suicide-small-town-cemetery-shocking-community.html#ixzz1v7OVpyJd


Added: May-17-2012 Occurred On: May-16-2012
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  • You gotta wonder what the story behind all this was.

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  • R.I.P.

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  • I cannot understand how people find this to be horrible or tragic.
    Two people clearly decided that they did not wish to live any longer and fulfilled that wish together.
    It does not appear as though they left any dependents behind.
    It would have been polite to leave a note, perhaps.
    It is a shame that more people do not own their lives and shape their destiny to the degree that these two did.

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    • @Scrubby001 until death...

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    • @Scrubby001
      Suicide is never an answer to anything. "Shape their destiny"? All they did is end something they didn't start. You wouldn't find it horrifying to discover that a friend of yours or even just an acquaintance had plans to shoot himself and his wife? And you think they did this for their own betterment? What if this idiot decided he liked you too much to allow you to continue suffering in this world and took you out too before he did himself? And maybe he likes your family? N More..

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    • @Nimnoga
      Perhaps you did not read the article. These two committed suicide together. According to police, "Both Mr and Mrs VanWaus shot themselves individually." I have no idea what you are rambling on about regarding murdering me and my family, but it is irrelevant to this discussion.

      I had a close friend commit suicide last year. She had been suffering for a long time and I take solace in the knowledge that her suffering is over. While I would have preferred that she live, it More..

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    • @Scrubby001
      My point is that people who kill themselves are murderers. They murder themselves. And if they are capable of deciding in their mind that murdering themselves is Ok, then they may decide to take you with them. Not being able to fathom why people do what they do is fearsome to me.

      I happen to believe in God and I believe He made us. With that thought in mind, (go with me on this for just a second...) What right do we have to take our own lives? We didn't create ourselves, God did an More..

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    • @Nimnoga
      The notion that suicide has any relation to murder is preposterous. The desire to kill yourself is not the same as the desire to kill others. Your equating the two has no basis in logic or reality.

      Your feelings toward suicide are patently clear from your words: fear and God. You fear that which you do not understand. The failure here lies solely upon you. You do not understand, so you fear. Perhaps you should make an effort to understand rather than simply strike out against th More..

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  • People are strange.

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  • I guess they thought that topping themselves in the cemetery would save on body transportation costs.

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  • She looked kinda cute from the photo. Maybe it was just some kinda Romeo&Juliet sorta thing and they were sick of the world as well.

    From the pic she doesn't look like some spaced out junkie or nuthin' but who knows.

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  • There's definetly something missing here....

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  • bet the last conversation went a little like
    "you go first"
    "no you go first"
    "no please ladies first"......bang

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  • Ok, everyday people die, some becuase they want to like these nutters and some becuase they have no choice.

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  • Seems as if there has to be more to what happened....Or maybe not....Just a strange story....

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  • just sick of it all, i can relate.

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  • Bizarre.
    Maybe they were both Obama-libs and saw the writing on the wall?

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  • She's hot in that pic. Haunt me

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  • Sounds more like a murder-suicide to me.

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  • Working in telcom can do that to you....

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  • they may taught.
    we ain't got no money.
    so we save the cost of a funeral.
    we already here partner.

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  • Maybe somebody was diagnosed with something terminal and they wanted to go together.

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