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Daughters planning funeral for parents after Henrico murder suicide


Police confirm the two people found dead Sunday inside a home in the 1600 block of Staples Mill Road were husband and wife and appear to be victims of a murder-suicide.  Police have identified them as Kent and Carolyn Hope.

Their deaths have sparked an outpouring of grief.  They died from gunshot wounds, according to investigators.

On the door of the home, there is a message from the couple's daughters.  It reads, "Thank you to everyone who has shown us support and love through this difficult time." It says they appreciate the calls.

"I just saw a lot of commotion, police, saw just a lot of blue lights," says David Patton, a neighbor. Patton says neighbors are rocked by this tragedy.  "Just blows me away, it just shocked me, you just never know," he said.  "My heart goes out to them."

The loss has been felt across the county.  Carolyn Hope worked as a bus Transportation supervisor for Henrico Schools.  The director of the department, Josh Davis tweeted, "Henrico County Pupil Transportation lost one of our best last night---senseless domestic violence.  RIP Carolyn Hope."

NBC12 checked juvenile and domestic court records and found Carolyn had filed a protective order against Kent in 2005.  According to the report Carolyn Hope said, "Kent became angry and stated if we did not lie and keep him out of jail, we would be homeless and regret it.  I am in reasonable fear for my life."  There is a note that he "possesses fire arms."  Kent Hope is order to take anger management and parenting classes.  The clerk says the protective order was withdrawn a few weeks later in July 2005 and there are no other records of a domestic situation after that.

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