Autopsy: Mom, child killed in homicide-suicide

BRIDGEPORT - The Connecticut chief medical examiner's office has ruled the fatal shootings of a Bridgeport mother and daughter a homicide-suicide.

Police were called to the Bridgeport home on Burnsford Avenue after shots were heard at around 3:30 in the afternoon Monday. An autopsy performed Tuesday found that Ann Marie Rino, 48, died from a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled her death a suicide.

Gabriella Marin Rino, 8, was fatally shot in the head. The medical examiner says her death is a homicide.

Neighbors and friends started a memorial in front of the home, leaving flowers and candles for the young girl. "My son wanted to leave a stuffed animal for her," says Nikeia Sawyer, whose son was in the same third-grade class as Gabriella.

Bridgeport police say Ann Marie left a suicide note written to several people and that the gun she used was from her home.

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