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Family baffled by apparent murder-suicide in Manchester

The family of 82-year-old Clyde Shue say they have no idea why he would shoot and kill his beloved wife, Kimberly, at their home in Manchester, and then take his own life. (Courtesy: Shue Family)

MANCHESTER (WGME) --CBS 13 spoke with the niece of the alleged gunman who told police he killed his wife over the weekend at a home in Manchester.

The family of 82-year-old Clyde Shue say they have no idea why he would shoot and kill his beloved wife of 22 years at their home in Manchester, and then take his own life.

"There was never any sign of anything,” Staci Fowler, Shue's great-niece, said.

Fowler says there were no warning signs that something this tragic might happen to a husband and wife, who she says adored one another.

“You couldn't ask for a couple that was more in love, even after 22 years. There were no cracks in their relationship. They were a picture perfect couple,” Fowler said.

A picture perfect couple who she says, despite their age difference, just seemed to click. Shue was 82. His wife, Kimberly, was 62.

"He was a wonderful, wonderful man. He was funny and he was always cheerful, and she was amazing,” Fowler said.

Each had a daughter, and Fowler says they were close with their parents. She says their daughters had no indication there was anything wrong.

“We don't know what happened. We don't know what his frame of mind was in that moment,” Fowler said.

Investigators say Shue called police Saturday morning and told them he killed his wife, Kimberly.

Hours later, after police could not make contact with anyone inside, they went in and found the bodies of Clyde and Kim Shue.

Neighbor Ken Tardiff says the Clyde Shue he knew would never hurt anybody.

"I don't know. I don't know what happened,” Tardiff said. “Loved his dogs, always took care of his wife."

Maine State Police say they are concentrating their efforts on finding out what may have set Shue off, but Fowler says the family is confident hatred wasn't behind this.

"I don't want anybody to think my uncle was a jerk or a monster, because he wasn't. He was so sweet and so gentle, and that's what makes it that hard,” Fowler said.

Fowler says, at the moment, all their left with are questions.

“All we can do now is pick up the pieces and support the two daughters as much as we can, and pull together as a family,” Fowler said.

The family says they hope the autopsies provide some answer as to why Shue did this.

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