The motive behind a suspected double murder-suicide in Lubbock County remained unclear Monday night. Investigators say autopsy results should give them better indication of when 65-year-old Christopher Anderson and his wife Elaine, also 65, died.
The couple's daughter discovered their bodies just after 9:00 a.m. Monday inside their home at 8517 County Road 6500. Shortly after, a home health nurse found Elaine's mother, 84-year-old Alice Johnson, dead at her home next door. All three died of gunshot wounds. Authorities have not named the shooter, but investigators suspect they were shot within 24 hours of the discovery.
Christopher Anderson was a well-known orthodontist in Lubbock. Co-workers say he treated thousands of patients over the years. NewsChannel 11 visited his office Monday afternoon, and spoke with friends who called Anderson a dedicated doctor and friend. "I always think of him as just a patient, kind, wonderful person who just did whatever he could for anybody," family friend and former co-worker Chris Brown said.
Brown met Doctor Anderson through his father. Doctor John Brown brought Anderson into his practice, and Chris worked in the office. "I worked under both my dad and Doctor Anderson during the summer time when I was off from school work," Brown said.
When Doctor Brown retired, Anderson took over the practice. On Monday he didn't show up to work, and that's when Anderson's daughter made the gruesome discovery. His office remained closed through the day, as staff began to contact thousands of his patients. "They were looking at as many a 3,000 patients or former patients trying to figure out how to mail information to them, and just to reassure them the office is still here," Brown said.
Fellow orthodontists offered their assistance, as those who knew him say Anderson would have done himself. "He was such a servant to the community, and I think that's probably one thing that is not known about Doctor Anderson. He served on many boards. The office is full of tributes to his professionalism, and his unselfish attitude towards others," Brown said.
No one expected his service would end so abruptly or so tragically, but Chris hopes people will remember Anderson as a man who was there at the drop of a hat for anybody. "I think that the community will really miss a servant who put out his heart and soul to not only the individual, but to the community as a whole," Brown said.
Doctor John Brown is coming out of retirement to cover Anderson's patients. They'll begin doing so at the office near 24th and Quaker Avenue on Tuesday.
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