Death ruled murder-suicide

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Mother, son were found in Evington in July

    The deaths of two Evington residents whose bodies were found decomposing have been officially ruled as a murder-suicide.
    This week, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s on Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a single gunshot wound.
    The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.
    On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home located at 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor that a body had been discovered.
    Ruby Laughon is listed as the owner of the property where the bodies were discovered.
    The caller said he went to the address because he had not seen the woman and her son who  lived  there   for   several days. Major Ricky Gardner said when the man arrived at his neighbor’s home, he found the partially decomposed body of a female in the yard. After arriving on the scene and while checking the area, deputies subsequently found the remains of a dog and the partially decomposed remains of a male.  
    A Sept. 4, 2013, article in the Bulletin featured Ruby Laughon and the historic property she grew up on, located at the site where the bodies were found at 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington.
    Laughon grew up on the tobacco farm that has been in her family since the end of the 19th century.
    According to Gardner, no motive for the murder-suicide event had been determined.