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Layton couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

LAYTON — A husband and wife are dead after what investigators are calling an apparent murder-suicide early Sunday.

Layton police received a domestic disturbance call from the couple's 20-year-old daughter around 1:35 a.m. about an argument between her parents.

According to police, she said she heard what sounded like several gunshots. The daughter, home from college for the holidays, checked on them and saw they had gunshot wounds.

Officers arrived at the home, 580 N. Franklin Road, and found that Bret Pepper, 39, had died at the scene. Police say Jill Pepper, 37, died later from her injuries at a local hospital.

"Preliminary investigation indicates that the husband shot the wife with a handgun and then in turn shot himself," Layton police officer Curtis Salvesen said.

Police say the Peppers' sons, ages 10 and 13, were present in the home but did not witness the incident. Other family members took the children from the home.

"The holidays are a stressful time of year, so we just encourage people, if they’re feeling stressed, if they feel overwhelmed, please seek out some help," Salvesen said. "There’s a lot of professionals that are available to people, and they’re there to help."