Mother, Daughter Dead in Rancho Cucamonga Murder-Suicide

San Bernardino County authorities say an 82-year-old woman killed her daughter and herself after leaving a goodbye message on an answering machine.

Sheriff's investigators say Vera Appel of Rancho Cucamonga shot
her daughter, Christine, on Thursday as the 49-year-old woman
slept. She then turned the gun on herself.

A family member asked deputies to check the house after Vera Appel left a telephone message saying she had done something "bad."

It's not clear what sparked the murder-suicide.

A neighbor says the mother had cancer and her daughter was
dependent on her.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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