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The twins were their only children, born after they moved to Australia from South Africa about 40 years ago. The girls grew up in Surrey Hills and appear to have led privileged lives.
Their father Ernest was a bank executive.
The sisters were students at Tintern Girls Grammar before shifting to Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, then to Methodist Ladies College back in Melbourne.
Range owner Doug Hamilton hopes the parents might be able to explain the suicide bid.
"That's the biggest mystery and what confounds us most at the moment," he said. "We need to understand this for closure. It's senseless."
The tragedy marked at least the seventh suicide involving rented guns at US shooting ranges this year, and the third at the Family Shooting Centre since 2004.
For Capt Perea, it is the most baffling of his 25-year police career.
"It is bizarre," he said.
"You have twin identical sisters who agreed to commit suicide. They came in from another country and decided to shoot themselves here in Colorado.
"Obviously there are a lot of questions we want answered.
"We asked those questions and they were not answered."
I'm convinced that Umar Farouk was brainwashed into doing what he did by some intelligence agency.
The guns used were both .22 caliber -- one revolver and one a semi-automatic, officials said, adding that one of the sisters was pronounced dead at the scene.
No criminal charges are contemplated as attempted suicide is not a violation in Colorado.
Pressed about a possible Columbine lead over the shootings, Perea said: "We're not following any leads. What we have to do is to look and determine if we believe a crime occurred.
"We do not believe a crime occurred. They shot themselves," he said.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by mnemeth1
Technically this isn't "suicide." They shot each other, so it is a double-murder. Furthermore, the surviving twin should be tried for First-Degree Murder! If Kevorkian spent time in Jail for assisting ailing patients as an act of mercy, then deliberately shooting a healthy young person in the head should certainly result in jailtime!
In addition, the Range Owner should sue the family for loss of business, emotional distress, etc. This is a blemish on the record of that range, and on the reputation of gun owners and range goers.
This situation is sick in so many ways that I don't know where to start! If you add in a little bit of Conspiracy Theory you make this into an X-Files or Twilight Zone episode!
Sometimes the Truth really is stranger than Fiction!