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Sharon Bellingham

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A West Boca Raton man apparently killed his wife, then himself, in what's believed to be a murder-suicide at a financial firm in Boca Raton this morning, police said.

Scott Edgerton, 63, apparently shot to death his wife, Sharon Bellingham, 56, then killed himself inside CBIZ MHM, a financial firm at 1675 N. Military Trail, police said.

According to CBIZ MHM's website, Bellingham was the firm's marketing manager. The couple had been married since 1986.

Edgerton was the executive director for the Faulk Center for Counseling and former general manager of the Boca Raton News.

There were other people in the building but no one else was injured.

There was no information about what weapons were used.

During a briefing this morning in the nearby Nippers bar parking lot, 1751 N. Military Trail, police said the couple seemed to be having an ongoing domestic dispute.

Police received a shots fired call at 9:22 a.m. and arrived on scene at 9:44 to secure the multi-story yellow building that also houses a Comerica Bank.

As of 2011, Edgerton was the executive director for the Faulk Center for Counseling, a nonprofit organization based in Boca Raton that provides reduced or free mental health services. According to its website, the group provides "counseling services to people of all ages at its facility on Boca Rio Road and at outreach locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties."

Edgerton was formerly the general manager of the Boca Raton News, which folded in 2009. Before that, he was with the Knight Ridder newspaper organization, which at one time owned the Boca Raton News, for 15 years.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 4 to May 3, 2013
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