According to Chief Deputy Johnny Hall with Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, authorities are investigating a double shooting after a man was found shot to death in his home. His wife was also shot.
Saturday morning at 9:20 a.m., an ambulance was called to a home on Furr's Mill Road in Lincoln County.
Authorities found a woman, 81-year-old Evelyn Hanks in the living room with a gun shot wound to the chest.
Her husband, 83-year-old Eugene "Chester" Hanks, was in the bedroom, dead with several gunshot wounds.
"They're a very loving couple. Very kind," said Cyndi Moore, a close friend who didn't learn of the Hanks' shootings until Monday afternoon. "When Chester was able to get around, he'd do anything for you. He had a beautiful garden, flowers...The backyard by the pool was always planted. Gorgeous flowers. He definitely had a green thumb. And then when he got ill, it was harder for him."
Moore says that happened about 10 or 15 years ago.
She says doctors were never quite able to figure out what exactly was wrong, and things only got worse over time.
"I think that got to be frustrating, too, not knowing what was going on, and how to cure it or take care of it," said Moore, thinking through the Hanks' situation as she spoke.
Moore explained the couple has a daughter, and a granddaughter about high-school age, who lives in Hattiesburg, but no one closeby who regularly helped take care of Eugene Hanks.
"Evelyn's been his only caregiver all this time," said Moore. "And both of them getting older, I think it's been hard on them."
Investigators suspect that Hanks shot her husband before turning the gun on herself. She is the one who called the ambulance.
There are no charges at this time. The woman is at UMMC right now, recovering from her surgery after she was airlifted Saturday.