Carthage, NC (AP) -- A West Virginia native was among eight people killed by a gunman at a North Carolina nursing home over the weekend.
Eighty eight year-old Jesse Musser was a retired railroad mechanic, master woodworker and gunsmith from Mullens.
He had moved into Pinelake Health & Rehab in Carthage, N.C., just six weeks ago.
His wife, Melba, joined him four weeks later.
Both were alzheimer's patients.
After some soul searching, the family decided it was best to tell Melba Musser that her husband of 65 years had died.
But they could not bear the thought of her reliving Sunday's violent events endlessly for the rest of her days.
They told her that he had passed peacefully in his sleep.
The estranged husband of a nurse's assistant at the home is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault.
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