Elderly couple commits suicide to avoid home foreclosure

An elderly couple in the village of Zbyny, some 60 kilometres north of Prague, committed suicide to avoid losing their home, the news website novinky.cz reported on Thursday. Fire fighters who arrived in the early hours of Wednesday to put out the fire discovered the bodies of a 71-year-old woman and her 68-year-old husband along with a dead dog and several gasoline cans; a spokeswoman for the local police said they probably ended their lives to avoid the foreclosure of their home over the debts of their son.

Author: Jan Richter