Man commits suicide after woman dies in arson

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Authorities say a man who set a Detroit house on fire committed suicide after learning that the arson killed an 80-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease.

Detroit TV station WDIV says it obtained police records showing that Mark Gardua took responsibility for the June 8 fire in a suicide note. He wrote, "I did not know anybody was home at the time. I am truly sorry." Gardua shot himself.

The house was next to a home where Gardua's mother lived. The victim was Helen Roberts. A nephew, Dustin Bean, lived with Roberts, but he was not home at the time.

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