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Neighbors shaken by couples death
Englands found dead Friday in likely murder-suicide
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The normally quiet residential stretch of Pleasant Hill Road turned to a chaotic scene Friday with numerous police lights and sirens while neighbors looked on in confusion.

A husband and wife were found dead in their home at 3633 Pleasant Hill Road in Gainesville just before 4 p.m. Friday in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide.

When Harold and Linda England's son came to check on his parents, both 62, the couple were found dead from gunshot wounds.

"Their son came to check on them," said Maj. Woodrow Tripp with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. "When no one came to the door, he used a spare key to find them."

There was no sign of forced entry and all of the doors of the home were locked.

Many neighbors witnessed the scene Thursday in which investigators and family members were gathered outside the home.

"To be honest with you, we didn't know anything about it," said Juan Moreno, who lives just a few houses down from the couple.

The six-year resident of the residential street near McEver Road said he didn't personally know the Englands but described them as "calm people."

"It's weird for us to find out something like that. They always seemed to be real close to each other," Moreno said.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the sheriff's office said Linda England had "extensive illnesses" and was under the care of a hospice nurse.

Investigators suspect Harold England shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

Few details were available Saturday and investigators have not determined if the case could be an assisted suicide, Wilbanks said.

"The investigator hasn't reached that conclusion yet.

They're trying to approach it from a broader perspective and not jump to that conclusion," he said.

In Georgia, however, assisted suicide is considered a criminal act and would still be classified as murder.

Family members were gathered inside the Moreno home Saturday afternoon wrapping Christmas presents, leading him to question the timing of the incident.

"I don't know what her condition was, but especially around Christmas, it kind of freaks me out," Moreno said.

Neighbors, though, are becoming more concerned for their safety in the once calm residential area.

"I think five or six months ago people were stealing around this area and now suicides," Moreno said.

"I'm not really concerned," said Jean Beaudoin, who lives on an adjacent street just a few houses down from the Englands.

"We live in a crazy world. We don't know exactly what's going to happen and when it's going to happen, but I think it's sad when you hear something like that."

The Quebec native said he wasn't aware of the murder, but said he remains confident in law enforcement.

"It's a tragic incident. It's sad," he said. "But we have a good system. We can call someone and ask for help."

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff's office, Criminal Investigations Division.

Funeral services for the couple are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Chapel in Gainesville.

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