Idaho mayoral candidate, coffee shop manager dead in suspected murder-suicide

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A mayoral candidate in Idaho and a woman who manages a local coffee shop were found shot dead in a possible murder-sucide last week, a report said.

Jared Murphy, 28, a police officer running to be mayor of Bellevue, and 34-year-old Ashley Midby died of gunshot wounds last Thursday at a cafe on the city’s Main Street, police told the Idaho State Journal.

Midby managed Coffee Corner, where they were both found, the report said.

Investigators did not reveal who they believe the murderer is, but said it appears the two knew each other.

Murphy, a police officer in the nearby city of Hailey, unsuccessfully ran to be Bellevue’s mayor in 2018, the report said.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money for Midby’s family. As of Wednesday night, nearly $7,000 was donated.

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