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P.A. HASTINGS, Friday. Further details of the tragedy at Terrace Road early this afternoon, when Harvey John William Hares, a railway crossing keeper, aged 55, fatally shot himself and his wife, Phyllis Mary Hares, aged 29, and wounded his wife's sister, Miss Jean Winifred Smith, of Christchurch, show that Mrs. Hares was killed instantly and that Hares died in hospital without regaining consciousness. Mrs. Hares had been living apart from her husband for a few days, the younger children of the family of five being with the mother and the older remaining with the father. Mrs. Hares returned to the house soon after noon to-day, intending to pack up a few belongings. Miss Smith, who remained on the porch, heard an argument developing and cries from her sister, and when she entered the house she was met by Hares holding a rifle. It is alleged that Hares shot her and as she ran from the house she heard other shots.

When the police arrived Mrs. Hares was found fatally shot in the head and heart and Hares unconsciousness from a head wound. He died an hour and a half later.

There are five young children of the dead couple, the oldest being a girl of eight years and the youngest a baby of 19 months. The four youngest children were in the house when the shooting took place.

The condition of Miss Smith, who came from Christchurch to keep her sister company, is not serious.

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FATAL ARGUMENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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FATAL ARGUMENT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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