Twin in suicide pact leaves Colorado hospital

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — An Australian twin who police say shot herself in the head at a Colorado shooting range as part of a suicide pact with her sister left a Denver-area hospital Friday.

Candice Hermeler, 29, left Swedish Hospital in suburban Denver, said hospital spokeswoman Deborah Gosling, who declined to release further information.

Hermeler had been in the hospital since the Nov. 15 shootings that wounded her and killed her sister, Kristin Hermeler. Their parents, Ernest and Kelsay Hermeler, arrived in Colorado last week.

The sisters, from Australia's Victoria state, had been in the Denver area for about five weeks before the shootings at Cherry Creek State Park south of Denver. Investigators say the women rented .22-caliber pistols and used the weapons for about an hour and 20 minutes before each shot herself in the head.

Candice Hermeler told Arapahoe County sheriff's investigators the sisters had a suicide pact but refused to say why they wanted to die, authorities said.

Earlier this week, investigators said they were closing the case and didn't plan to file any charges.

After the shootings, deputies found a photocopy of a magazine cover about the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in the twins' belongings at a hotel.

Kristin Hermeler wrote letters shortly after the rampage to a former Columbine student who knew the gunmen, KCNC has reported. She wrote that she was upset that bullying had apparently set off the two student shooters, adding she and her sister had also been bullied in school.

However, investigators said Candice Hermeler told them that she didn't care about Columbine and that it happened a long time ago.

The sisters were in the United States on cultural exchange visas.


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