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Officials ID victim, shooter in Wright County murder-suicide

The sheriff's office believes a boyfriend fatally shot his girlfriend at a home in Rockford on March 19.

The victim and shooter in a murder-suicide in Wright County over the weekend have been identified. 

The Wright County Sheriff's Office says Regina Theresa Hughes, 46, of Rockford, was shot in the head by her boyfriend, 47-year-old Christopher Michael Powers, of Rockford. Powers then turned the gun on himself. 

The sheriff's office was called to 4031 Woodhill Court in Rockford at 8:27 p.m. on March 19 after neighbors reported a vehicle had been left running in a driveway for more than an hour. 

When deputies went to check on the homeowners, they saw through the window Powers lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head. They also located Hughes dead inside the home. 

Evidence gathered from the scene indicates it was a murder-suicide. The case is still under investigation.

There have been at least eight people killed in intimate partner violence in Minnesota so far this year, Violence Free Minnesota says

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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