Friends call murder-suicide a love story
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Police call it a murder-suicide, but many may call it a love story.
“They were close,” said friend of Frances and Paul Brown Jan Day, “They were in love, they had a love story that gives you chills.”
That story came to end on Thursday after the couple was found dead in their home in the Fern Creek area. It happened around four p.m. on Fegenbush Lane near Hurstbourne Parkway.
Investigators believe Paul Brown shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
“We all have choices and we might not understand others' judgment and values,” said Day, “ but there was a lot more to Paul and Frances.”
Friends say the couple left several notes indicating this was a plan they had come up with together. Frances Brown had battled polio for much of her life. Paul Brown was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
“To wind up in a nursing home,” said Day, “to wind up in a hospital was something that was their worst nightmare.”
The Browns death brings up questions about the possibility of right-to-die legislation. Essentially, those are laws that would allow people with terminal illnesses to choose to die.
“Polls are indicating that 65 to 75 percent of people want this option,” said George Eighmey, an executive with right-to-die advocacy group Death with Dignity.
So far only Oregon, Washington and Vermont have passed legislation that allows for such a choice. Similar legislation has not been considered by Indiana or Kentucky up to this point. Supporters of the legislation say the Browns' choice to end their life on their own terms is not an uncommon one.
“It happens more often than we would like it to happen throughout the United States where there are no protections or laws,” said Eighmey.
Meanwhile, friends of the Browns hope people see their story not as a tragedy but as one of awareness.
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