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2 Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Descanso Were Brother and Sister

The man and woman found dead inside a Descanso home in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday afternoon were brother and sister, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed.

Deborah Payne, 45, and her brother Clifton Payne, 50,  were discovered inside a home in the 10300 block of Boulder Creek Road around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

She suffered a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office. The manner of death was ruled as a homicide.

Clifton had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the ME. 

According to investigators, Clifton shot his sister in the stomach, before turning the gun on himself.

It's unclear what led to the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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