COMFORT, W.Va. — A Boone County man committed a murder-suicide Thursday morning near the community of Comfort according to State Police.
Spokesman 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous said 45-year-old Bobby Hatcher shot and killed his wife, 34-year-old Reba Hatcher, during a domestic dispute in the couple’s mobile home on Joe’s Creek Road. He then took another handgun walked into the living room and killed himself.
“It’s just so senseless. There was obviously some kind of dispute between a husband and wife and there were children in the household and now the children are going to live the rest of their lives without either of their parents,” Baylous said.
Reba Hatcher’s children, 10 and 5, ran from the mobile to get help. They were not injured. State Police said another man, Bobby Davis, Jr., 44, was also in the mobile home at the time and uninjured. Troopers said he was an acquaintance. The couple had been married for about two years.
Baylous said it will be very difficult for everyone left to deal with the tragedy.
“Here’s someone who completed suicide and killed his wife as well and you have so many family members and friends that are going to have to live with the heartache that goes with that,” Baylous said.