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Torrance couple identified in hospital murder-suicide

December 4, 2012 |  5:32 pm

The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Tuesday released the names of a couple killed in a reported murder-suicide at a Torrance hospital.

Marlow Galbraith, 75, and his wife, Joanna Galbraith, 74, of Torrance, died of gunshot wounds Saturday at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in the 4100 block of Torrance Boulevard, according to authorities.

The Torrance Police Department said Marlow Galbraith went to the hospital; entered a fourth-floor room where his wife was a patient; shot her and then shot himself. A handgun was recovered inside the hospital room.

The shooting comes two weeks after another elderly muder suicide in Torrance. In the earlier incident, an  80-year-old man shot and killed two employees in his senior-living facility, before killing himself.  Employees of the Golden West Towers said the shooter had a history of violent behavior toward fellow tenants and employees.

Police say they are still continuing their investigation into the hospital room shooting. Anyone with information about the case can contact Torrance police at (310) 618-5570


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