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Mother, child commit suicide

The mother and sister of a mass murder victim committed suicide by consuming insecticide late Sunday night in the village of Kamaroula, western Greece. Beside the bodies of the 52-year-old mother and her daughter, 16, were two handwritten notes and a quantity of insecticide. The mother wrote that she could no longer bear the loss of her son, 17-year-old Alexis Nikolopoulos, who was murdered four years ago. Her body was found by her daughter, who wrote that she too was unable to go on living. Alexis Nikolopoulos was murdered in November, 2006 along with four other men while they were out hunting. Livestock farmer Dionysis Foukas, 38, and his 74-year-old father Lysimachos were handed life sentences in March 2008 for the murders. The 38-year-old said he shot the men after they argued with his father, who was upset that the hunters were trespassing on his land.