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Shooting leaves couple known for amicable breakup dead

If there is anything like an amicable marriage break-up, Heidi and Hugh Ferguson had perfected it, friends say.

If there is anything like an amicable marriage break-up, Heidi and Hugh Ferguson had perfected it, friends say.

The Orangeville couple separated a year ago after being married for almost two decades.

Despite that, friends and neighbours say they were often at each other’s homes, worked as a team and even went to their son’s lacrosse games together.

“It was such an amicable breakup,” said Bridget Wilson, who knew the Fergusons for 19 years.

“I never heard a bitter or a nasty word from either of them. I get a headache thinking what could have gone so horribly wrong.”

Hugh Ferguson, 42, allegedly shot his wife early Saturday morning in her Orangeville home.

He then went back to his home in Mono Township, 13 kilometres north of Orangeville, barricaded himself as local police and OPP surrounded the property, and shot himself.

Yesterday, police were still at both houses as distraught friends struggled with just one question: What went wrong? No one knows.

What everyone knows is she was a city girl and he was an outdoors person — he had been hunting since he was a teenager and had at least 10 rifles and a handgun.

But there was no sign of any trouble. “Everything was fine,” said Wilson, who lives three doors down.

The couple have two teenage children.

 
 
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