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Couple found dead in Woodside identified

 

Authorities have identified the Woodside couple found dead in their Woodside Drive home last Thursday (Aug. 27) as Don and Joyce Stoddard, both 83 years old.

Their deaths appeared to be the result of a murder-suicide by handgun, Lt. Ray Lunny of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said in an interview.

Both had gunshot wounds, county Coroner Robert Foucrault told The Almanac, adding that an official cause of death will not be released without a toxicology report, which usually takes weeks.

"There's indications that it was a planned event," Lt. Lunny said, noting that the couple had sent an explanatory letter to one family member, who then contacted the Sheriff's Office.

Both Mr. and Ms. Stoddard were suffering from illness, Lt. Lunny said. "It's a really sad tragedy."

Deputies have reached a preliminary conclusion that no one else was involved in the incident and that there is no danger to the community, Lt. Lunny said.

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Posted by monica
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

So sad.


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Posted by sad indeed
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

The saddest part to this is that they had to resort to the means they used to end their life together. Chances are they discussed this, and neither of them wanted to be without the other, but they had no legal resource to end their suffering together, so they needed to do it this way. Keep in mind that one of them pulled the trigger on the other. There needs to be more comforting ways for people to make this difficult decision, so that they are at peace with their last moments together, and not stressful to them and their families.


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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Let's put the blame where it belongs. On the California legislature.

They've created an environment where if you are sick and dying you likely won't be allowed to get enough morphine because it could make you an addict, or you could possibly overdose.

If I'm dying and I need morphine let me choose how much I want, even taking the risk of overdosing. Why does the state feel the need to leave dying people in pain?


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Posted by sad indeed
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Right you are, Guest. And if you like this scenerio, just wait until the feds start dictating your health coverage!


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Posted by get serious
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 31, 2009 at 3:32 pm

"Sad indeed," This tragedy took place at a time the for-profit, greedy insurance industry holds the decision making power over who gets to live and who gets to die. Your comment is opportunistic and disgusting.


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Posted by sad indeed
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm

"Get serious": This couple was 83 years old, and as the article said, they were both suffering illnesses. It would have cost them very little to help them stop their suffering in a more dignified way, if only it was legal for somebody to supply the means to them. That has nothing to do with "the for-profit, greedy insurance industry", as you so eloquently put it. Talk about an opportunistic and disgusting comment! Besides, they were probably on Medicare--you know, government run.


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Posted by Show some respect
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

"Sad indeed," your introducing the completely separate debate over who provides healthcare insurance in this country is gratuitous and, yes, opportunistic. Why don't you take it to another thread on the healthcare issue, or start your own thread?


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Posted by sad indeed
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

"Show some respect": My initial comment was absolutely pertinent to the article, and it's "sadness". "Get serious" is the one who interjected the "for-profit, greedy insurance industry" into the mix. It's interesting you didn't chastise that person. I guess the only ones you want to hear from are those who share your viewpoint. To that end, I will not intrude further upon your narrow mind in this thread.

God bless America!


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Sep 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I have known Mr. Stoddard for many years as a kind gentlmen who would take his early morning walks along the Alameda. Often times I would be walking my dogs in his neighborhood and he would take the time to pull his car over, get out and talk or we would enjoy a short visit at his mailbox. Always kind, always polite. I'm saddened but feel comfort knowing he and his wife are at peace.

Always in my thoughts.


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