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Police say couple was killed in apparent murder/suicide

4/17/14 | By Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Two elderly residents were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday, April 16.

The couple, identified as Lester and Ada “Midge” Wright, was discovered by family members at their home on 603 Williams Street in Berlin at approximately 8:42 a.m., according to police.

“The Berlin Police Department responded to 603 Williams Street to do a ‘check on the welfare’-type call,” said Lt. Ed Schreier of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. “Upon arrival they found one deceased female and a male suffering from gunshot wounds.”

The male subject, confirmed to be Lester Wright, 89, was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later passed away due to multiple gunshot wounds.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation was called to help with the investigation, according to Schreier.

“They in turn called the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit – that’s standard procedure – to come in and assist with the investigation,” Schreier said. “They are currently investigating this incident. Preliminarily the female had two gunshot wounds and the male suffered three.”

Lt. Schreier confirmed that Lester Wright suffered from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, and that the incident is being considered a murder-suicide.

“We believed that he may have shot her first and then shot himself,” he said.

The residence is just a few blocks away from the “America’s Coolest Small Town” banner hung at the corner of Ocean City Blvd. and Williams Street. Midge, 90, was still working in Salisbury. Lester formerly owned a car dealership in Berlin. They had no children.

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