Patients, friends mourn doctor killed in Pennsauken murder-suicide

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - June 18, 2013

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Dr. Michelle Liggio, 47, of Mount Laurel, was shot and killed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in her office on the 7600 block of Maple Avenue.

Authorities say she was shot by her husband, Christopher Liggio, 58, who then killed himself.

Police initially received a report of a disturbance at the family practice and it appears the shooting happened moments after the dispute began, the prosecutor said.

Throughout the evening Tuesday, a steady stream of patients stopped by to drop off flowers in memory of the doctor outside her office.

"She was a beautiful, beautiful doctor," said Rev. Bernice Harris of Lindenwold. "She cared about her patients, the community."

"Just the way she made you feel, she was an excellent, excellent, phenomenal doctor," said Diane Ifill of Cherry Hill.

Authorities say the doctor, who had recently filed for divorce, was in her office when her husband came in and asked to see her in the back.

Employees say they heard her scream, "No, no, no!" and then they heard 5 shots.

Workers called police, who would later determine the husband shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.

"When I saw this on the news, I said, 'No, it can't be her, it can't be her,' said Cindy Fulton of Cherry Hill.

Patients, some of them frantic, arrived to learn the terrible news of Dr. Liggio's untimely death.

Frank Wolf of Pennsauken heard it from a friend whose daughter works at the office.

"He called up and said, 'I got bad news for you, buddy.' And I said, 'What is it?' And he said, 'Dr. Liggio was murdered!' And I just about fell of my chair."

Some of the patients worried about how the couple's two teenage sons would carry on in the wake of this tragedy.

"What hurts me the most was the fact that the father didn't even consider that he had two children and what's going happen with these kids," said Gladys Laboy of Camden.

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