A respected New Mexico judge was shot dead by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself, but not before leaving a disturbing message for a friend, police say.
Los Ranchos Village Municipal Judge Diane Albert died in a suspected murder-suicide, as did several of her pets, allegedly carried out by her husband Eric Pinkerton, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Albert, 65, and Pinkerton, 63, were found by officers Friday after a friend of the couple contacted authorities about “disturbing news” from Pinkerton, Sheriff’s spokesman Jayme Fuller said.
“He left his friend a voicemail stating that he murdered his wife, dogs and cat. And he’s about to kill himself,” reads a statement compiled by local news station KOAT-TV.
NBC News reported the sheriff’s office has confirmed the report.
City officials mourned her death over the weekend.
“We are saddened by the untimely death of Diane Albert, our community judge-elect,” Los Ranchos Mayor Donald Lopez and Village Administrator Ann Simon said in a joint statement. “She was a longtime resident of Los Ranchos, a brilliant legal mind, and a friend.”
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Albert was also a practicing patent attorney.
A neighbor of Albert’s, Joe Craig, told the newspaper he was shocked by her death. Craig, President of Friends of Los Ranchos, served on the planning and zoning commission for several years.
“Just a nice, nice woman,” he said. “I’ve never seen her with a mean bone in her body.”
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
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