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Troopers release details of May 28 shooting

Posted: June 3, 2013 - 1:18pm  |  Updated: June 3, 2013 - 1:39pm

An autopsy on Thursday provided evidence supporting the cause of the May 28 deaths of Earl Moore, 69, and Lynda Moore, 66, both of Soldotna, to be the result of a murder followed by a suicide.

Evidence gathered in the case indicates Earl Moore shot Lynda Moore twice with a semi-automatic handgun. One of the shots was lethal. He then lethally shot himself. The handgun was recovered next to his body.

According to trooper records the couple had recently divorced.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said the assault appears to have initiated in the driveway of the residence in the Skyline neighborhood just outside Soldotna. The victims were found deceased near the property line of the residence and the roadway.

Witnesses in the area heard the gunshots. As of noon Monday, no one has notified troopers of visually witnessing the assault.

Troopers responded to the residence at 5:22 p.m. May 28.

The Soldotna-based Alaska Bureau of Investigation responded to the case and continues investigative testing.


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1coldalaskan 06/03/13 - 08:11 pm
Heartfelt sympathy for this family

I see no reason the Clarion needs to provide these types of details. The families of the deceased are hurting so deeply, continuing to try to grab headlines with this tragedy is just cruel. Mr. And Mrs. Moore's children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and thousands of friends - have heard enough!

Suss 06/04/13 - 07:45 am
Pastor Moore

Grieving for the family is very understandable and no act of extreme domestic violence should be palatable in a civil society. Knowing that this was a horrible homicide followed by a cowardly suicide should be publicly acknowledged and should be reported, studied, discussed and never swept away. There are far too many cases such as this that are in need of discourse to prevent future tragedies. May some measure of solace come from the possible prevention of domestic violence if the public has the awareness along with the tools to address this all too common cause of death in Alaska.

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