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Elderly Man Facing Foreclosure Commits Suicide

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Posted on Mar 15, 2013
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A West Virginia man became one of the latest fatalities of the American economy when he shot and killed himself this month after authorities arrived at his home with an eviction notice.

Joe Tummons, 63, was the owner of Joe’s Mart convenience store in the city of St. Albans. Police Capt. James Agee said process servers had been talking with Tummons about foreclosing on his home since February. An article in the Charleston Daily Mail vaguely refers to “financial difficulties” Tummons had been experiencing.

If the economy and the institutions and individuals that govern it were not so indifferent to the suffering of Americans like Tummons, he might still be alive today.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

Charleston Daily Mail:

Agee said the process servers met Tummons at his door, asked him to gather his things and then waited outside his home. He said Tummons did not seem resistant to the officers’ requests.

“About 20 or 30 minutes went by and they checked back and asked him how it was going,” Agee said. “He said, ‘OK, give me a minute,’ and then a few minutes later they heard the shot.

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