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Pastor Speaks Out About Couple Killed in Murder-Suicide

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Wewahitchka, FL -

A Gulf County town is in shock after officials say a husband shoots and kills his wife and then turns the gun on himself. 

A quaint house with a swing and trampoline in the back yard, turned into a crime scene in Wewahitchka Thursday afternoon. Gulf County deputies say at the address off of south highway 71 in Wewahitchka, 40-year old David Redd killed his 40-year old wife Patricia Redd and then killed himself. 

Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Wewahitchka Mike Stroud says he was close to the couple. 

"This is a sad day, today this is a real sad day," Stroud said, "I have witnessed to David, in fact we have talked about the Lord and in fact he accepted the Lord, but he had been battling with some problems these last years." 

He says he talked to Patricia just a few days ago and everything seemed fine, but Thursday afternoon proved it wasn't. Around 2:30, a family friend had come to pick up the husband to help with some work, when he went through the back door of the house, he found the wife, Patricia dead in the kitchen. 

"They called the Sheriff's office and we found the husband in the living room area and it appears to be a murder-suicide at this time," said Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent on Thursday afternoon. 

The clue...was when deputies found a gun underneath David's body. 

"It's just a shame that everybody loses. Both families are upset, we have children involved that lost both of their parents, it just a sad situation for everybody," Nugent added. 

The Redd's had one young son, who was at school when it happened. 

"I am just very disappointed, it is sad. They have a little boy, a sweet little boy it is just a sad day a sad day for Wewahitchka," Pastor Stroud added.

The Wewa community is already joining together, as it's started a prayer chain for the family on Facebook. Pastor Stroud has reached out to the family and says they are still in shock. 

Investigators do not have a motive for the crime.  An autopsy will be performed on both bodies on Friday.