York man pays for funeral, then kills himself

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comAugust 14, 2013 

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— A man who killed himself behind a York funeral home last week first paid his own funeral costs before firing the fatal gunshot, authorities say.

Robert Ward, 73, walked into Bratton Funeral Home Friday afternoon and handed a receptionist an envelope with money inside, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

He walked out and went towards the back of the building, where he shot himself, she said.

Ward had already made arrangements for his funeral, she said, and paid the costs for his funeral before he committed suicide.

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