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Cops: Woman, 54, sets fire to her home, then shot and killed herself in Kennesaw

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A 54-year-old woman allegedly set fire to her home before killing herself Friday night in Cobb County – and police are trying to determine why the woman shot herself.

Still, it was after Ms. Velina Hill was pulled from her burning home that police realized she had killed herself.
A neighbor reported the fire at 12:22 p.m. at the woman’s home at 3604 Memorial Pkwy. near Kennesaw, officials said.

The neighbor told a 911 operator that flames were coming from the garage of the home.

Firefighters arrived five minutes later, but by that time the back right side of the house was aflame.

They pulled Ms. Velina Hill’s body from a back window around 12:50 p.m., according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fire officials called her husband at work, and he arrived a short time later.

Preliminary reports show Ms. Hill died as a result of a self inflicted gunshot wound, according to Cobb County police. Prior to that, they also believe that she set her home on fire, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

The woman’s body has been turned over to the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office for them to determine the official manner and cause of her death.

Anyone who may have information which may assist investigators with this case is asked to call (770) 499-3945.

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