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Maryland victims in Delaware cemetery shooting are identified

Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Courtesy of Delaware State Police)

BEAR, DEL. — Delaware State Police on Monday identified the Maryland couple who were shot to death Friday while visiting Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery In Bear.

The 86 year old male victim has been identified as Paul C. Marino of Elkton, who was initially admitted to an area hospital in critical condition. He died Saturday. His wife, Lidia Marino, 85, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.

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Police say Sheldon C. Francis, 29, of Middletown, Delaware, exchanged fire with officers and was found dead several hours later Friday in nearby woods.
Police say Sheldon C. Francis, 29, of Middletown, Delaware, exchanged fire with officers and was found dead several hours later Friday in nearby woods. (Courtesy of Delaware State Police)

Police identified the shooter Sunday as 29-year-old Sheldon C. Francis of Middletown. Police say Francis exchanged fire with officers who responded to the shooting and was found dead several hours later Friday in nearby woods. Police say it still remains unclear whether Francis shot himself or was wounded in the exchange of gunfire with officers.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Det. M. Ryde by calling 302-698-8557. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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