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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Son shot and killed mother, himself in murder-suicide
MICHIGAN CITY — The fatal shootings of a mother and son in Michigan City were a murder-suicide, according to Mark Huffman, LaPorte County chief deputy coroner.
Michigan City police said Wednesday they believe Brandon Corr, 27, shot and killed his mother, Sharon Corr, 60, and soon turned the gun on himself. Their bodies were found just before 10 a.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Maple Street.
Huffman said the mother and son each died from a single gunshot to the head.
The single-story brick residence is just east of Franklin Street in a quiet neighborhood close to Edgewood Elementary School.
Neighbors and friends of the family said they often heard arguing from what seemed to be a well-maintained home.
Violet Fane, a next-door neighbor, said Sharon Corr, along with her husband and son, moved into the residence after her mother, Sarah, passed away about three years ago.
Fane said she and Sarah often visited each other, and she made it a point to go over there when her health began failing.
"We were good buddies," Fane said. Brandon used to mow her yard and seemed very nice, she said.
Sharon was the daughter of the late Al Brickman, who once owned "Anxious Al's," a junk type store formerly along U.S. 20 a half mile west of Johnson Road.
Kirk Pagels didn't know the victims, but expressed shock that such a thing would happen in an area he described as good for raising a family.
"It's a real quiet neighborhood. I just can't imagine this happening around here. It's a bit of shock," he said.