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Iraq War Hero Kills Wife, Himself In Daytona Beach

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File -- A Bronze Star and Purple Heart medal sit on display.  (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

File — A Bronze Star and Purple Heart medal sit on display. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police investigators say a highly decorated Iraqi war veteran shot and killed his wife before fatally shooting himself in their Daytona Beach apartment.

Authorities found the bodies of 28-year-old Jason Pemberton and his 25-year-old wife Tiffany on Sunday after a neighbor called police about a dog on the couple’s balcony. Police say the shootings likely occurred Saturday.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood says neighbors told them they frequently heard arguing in the apartment.

Pemberton’s uncle, Darrell Pemberton of Evergreen, Ala., told the Daytona Beach News-Journal his nephew earned three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and other medals during three tours of duty.

The uncle says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and received a medical discharge from the U.S. Army in 2009 due to a back injury.

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