Elderly couple's murder-suicide baffles neighbours

Magda and Ed Amler.

Magda and Ed Amler.

ALEX WEBER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:41 PM ET

She was a kind-hearted woman who loved her cactus plants and grew up in the same tiny German town as the Pope.

He was a Second World War veteran with a passion for world history and storytelling.

To the few who knew them, Ed and Magda Amler, both in their 80s, were just a sweet elderly couple living a quiet life in south London.

But their lives came to a tragic end Friday afternoon when they were both found with gunshot wounds inside their home. Police are treating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

On the weekend, neighbours were trying to piece together how such a seemingly ordinary couple could've died in such a horrendous way.

Darien Stover has lived across the street from the Amlers for the past year.

Stover was taking a nap Friday when sirens startled her awake. Dashing to her porch to see what was happening, she came out just as paramedics were carrying Ed Amler's body out of the house.

"It was traumatizing," she said.

 


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