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Family member speaks on Wayne County murder-suicide

Larry Cochran discusses his brothers death photo credit: WDAM Larry Cochran discusses his brothers death photo credit: WDAM
John and Paula Cochran's home photo credit: WDAM John and Paula Cochran's home photo credit: WDAM
WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The Wayne County Sheriff and family members of the victims are coming forward with more details on the Wayne County murder-suicide that happened Saturday night.

Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley identified the victims as John and Paula Cochran. Wayne County authorities responded to a call Saturday afternoon about a shooting in the Clara community. They were told that John Cochran shot his wife and then called and told his friends. When they arrived to the scene, John Cochran was still alive inside his home with an armed weapon.

“We were able to get him on the phone for about 15 minutes, negotiating with him to come out and give up,” Ashley said. “He did not and we heard a shot entered the home and it turned into a murder-suicide.”

Ashley said the couple was married for about a year but was going through a divorce.

“We are praying for both families this is a tragic situation for here in Wayne County,” Ashley said.

The rest of the Cochran family lives in the same area. WDAM 7 talked with John Cochran’s brother Larry. He said he is still trying to process what happened.

“They were like everybody else, they had their problems it just turned out bad,” Cochran said

He said he received the call while he was in Texas for a business trip and drove all night to get back home.

“I didn’t expect it, it’s still pretty rough, it is on me, its going to be,” Cochran said.

Authorities said they are still investigating the cause of this violence and are looking through text messages to find out more answers.

Cochran said it's hard for him to believe that his brother is gone forever. 

“Id tell him I love him, he’d want to hear it and I’d want to hear it from him,” he said.

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