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UPDATE: Motive still unclear in murder-suicide near Garrison last week

Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Investigators are still trying to determine why a man shot his common-law wife and then himself in a murder-suicide that occurred last Thursday afternoon near Garrison.


Sheriff Deputies responded to the couple’s home on FM 138 after 81-year old Ira Clifton Burgay sent a text message to a relative who lives out of town, stating he had killed his wife, 72-year old Dawn Bradley Lang.


Deputies arrived on scene and found the couple deceased in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head. The couple has reportedly been together since 2000.


Authorities have learned that Burgay had some medical issues and had just recently returned from the hospital.


Sheriff Bridges stated that it appears that the crime was spontaneous and not planned out.


Ms. Lang worked as an R.N. and also served as choir director at Garrison First Methodist Church.


Funeral service for Dawn Lang will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Garrison First United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.


Arrangements for Burgay are pending.

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