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Murder-Suicide Shocks Nichols Community

By Kerry Longobucco.
A small community is reeling from tragedy after a Nichols couple was found dead in their home Tuesday in an apparent murder-suicide.

The heavy police presence outside a home on this rural road in Nichols caught the attention of neighbors Tuesday morning.

"I noticed that there was a sheriff's van, and a sheriff's car," neighbor Tammy Humphrey said. "I just knew that something definitely very bad had happened."

But Humphrey couldn't have imagined the horrific scene Tioga County deputies would find when they arrived at 2359 West River Rd.

The Tioga County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Leon Rogers called 911 to report two bodies inside the home. When deputies arrived, Leon and his wife Debra, also age 60, had both died from gunshot wounds.

"It's sad," Humphrey said. "Very much out of the blue, very sad."

Humphrey remembers the Rogers fondly as the couple who came to her aid during the flood of 2011 -- helping her move furniture from her flooded home, and bringing over a casserole.

"Interactions with them were very positive," Humphrey said. "She was a very nice lady. She came back over to check and see if we needed anything, after she saw that we were back in after the flood."

Those who knew the couple remember Leon's personality differently than that of his outgoing wife.

"Quiet, compared to his wife," Humphrey said. "Just quiet."

Now Humphrey, like so many others, is trying to make sense of this tragedy.

"God has a plan, and you just look to find out what that is," Humphrey said. "But prayers to the family. They were both a blessing while they were here on this earth."