Police: Ohio Mom Shot Adult Son Then Herself

STRUTHERS, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say an investigation confirmed that a 44-year-old woman killed her 23-year-old son before shooting herself in the basement of their home last week.

According to Struthers police, Leslie Slaven used a .38-caliber revolver to shoot Justin Slaven in the head before shooting herself in the head March 20. They were found in the basement by Leslie Slaven’s husband.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator ( ) reports that Justin Slaven died that day and his mother died at a hospital on Tuesday.

Family members say support from the community has been overwhelming, with $5,800 raised in less than a week for Justin Slaven’s funeral expenses. His funeral was scheduled for Friday.

Police did not discuss a possible motive for the murder-suicide.

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Information from: The Vindicator,

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