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Next on News 7 at Six... Wythe County investigators look into what appears to be a murder suicide.
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And UVA graduates get a big name sendoff.

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In sports, The N-B-A conference finals resumed this afternoon, scores and highlights from Major League Baseball.
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And over at Memorial Stadium the Blue Rocks sweep the Salem Avalanche.
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An apparent murder-suicide leaves two people dead in Wythe County.
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Joy Sutton is in our newsroom with details.
Eric, police were called to the scene of a shooting last night in the Barren Springs Community around 7:45....
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Wythe County police say it appears that Wayne Payne shot his estranged wife Angela Payne...and later committed suicide.
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((According to authorities, 39-year old Angela Payne was shot and found in a car at the intersection of Wysor Highway and Reed Creek Drive.
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((KERMIT OSBORNE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: ANGELA PAYNE WAS DEAD AT THE TIME...3 GUN SHOTS...TWO TO THE NECK..AND ONE TO THE SIDE OF THE FACE.)) [RUNS10]
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((JOY SUTTON/NEWS 7: POLICE SAY THEY SUSPECT THAT AFTER SHOOTING HIS WIFE...PAYNE FLED TO HIS HOME WHERE HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.)) [RUNS7]
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When police arrived at Payne's home at 283 Aldershot Lane...they found smoke inside...from a fire in the living room.
Payne was found in a bedroom suffering from a gun shot wound to the head...authorities say he was holding a 9mm semi-automatic gun in his hand.
Neighbors are wondering just what happened...Charles Riddle said he knew that the couple had recently separated but had no idea anything like this would happen.
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((CHARLES RIDDLE/NEIGHBOR: I KIND OF WISH I HAD TALKED TO WAYNE A LITTLE MORE..MAYBE HELP HIM DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT HE SPLIT AND STUFF WITH HIS WIFE.)) [RUNS10]
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Mark Lefler had worked with Angela at the Volvo Plant and had known Wayne for more than 15 years...he was shocked to hear the news.
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((MARK LEFLER: I KNEW THEY WERE SEPARATED..BUT AS FAR AS HAVING BAD PROBLEM....I NEVER KNEW THAT.)) [RUNS5]
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A family member says that Angela Payne had moved out of the couple's home just two months ago..
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.and now their 21 year-old daughter is trying to cope with the loss of both of her parents.
Eric??

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A former member of the Reagan Administration gave U-V-A grads their final send-off today.
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Howard Baker gave the commencement speech at the university's graduation exercises.
Baker encouraged students to care about the world and to be activists with a conscience.
About 25 thousand people were on hand for the event.
And, a total of 53-hundred-90 degrees were handed out.
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The Salem Avalanche was trying to prevent the sweep as the Wilmington Blue Rocks were in town for a three game series.
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It was kids day at Memorial Stadium as the Avalanche hosted the Blue Rocks.
Wilmington took the lead in the third. Brandon Burger hits this grounder up the middle a runner scores from third and the Blue Rocks took the 1 to nothing lead.
Wilmington continued the rally. Jose Cepeda hits this double to centerfield two more runs score this time and the Blue Rocks upped that lead to 3 to nothing in the third.
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Still in the third Vic Radcliffe hits a line drive down the third base line scoring another run to make it 4 to nothing and the Blue Rocks get the sweep with the 10 to 1 win.
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Back to back homers by Jose Hernandez and Sammy Sosa led the Chicago Cubs to a 5 to 1 win over Chicago.
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Chicago Manager Jim Riggleman sending in the signals from the dugout.
In the top of the first, Jose Hernandez sends this pitch into the left field seats for a solo homer and the Cubs jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead.
Then Sammy Sosa, the very next batter, sends this shot 457 feet over the left field wall, the second longest homer in Turner Field history and the Cubs led 2 to nothing.
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The Cubs homered in the sixth. Henry Rodgiquez with the two run line drive shot over the right field wall and the Cubs win it 5 to 1.
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