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Family grieves, looks for answers

The family of a Rock Hill woman who police say fatally shot her husband and then turned the gun on herself in a Charleston hotel room have no clues as to what led to the tragedy.

Charleston police said James "Jim" Roy Kelly, 57, and Joyce Sprouse Kelly, 58, both of 772 Atherton Way, died Saturday from gunshot wounds at the Holiday Inn Express on Savannah Highway in Charleston.

"We're devastated," Steve Hudson said about the death of his mother and stepfather.

For James Kelly's son, Mike Kelly, his loss is two-fold.

"I'm dealing with the loss of my father and my best friend," he said.

Hudson's family is planning a visitation from 3 to 6 p.m. today for Joyce Kelly at 1405 E. Decatur Drive. Mike Kelly will say goodbye to his father at 11 a.m. Friday.

"Nobody expected the turn of events that took place," said Steve Hudson's wife, Erika. "They were very much in love. They were always connected. Always smiling. Always sharing."

But on Wednesday, neither the Hudsons nor Mike Kelly could say what went wrong when the Kellys went out of town Friday for quick weekend getaway to Charleston.

"I have no idea what caused her to do it," Mike Kelly said.

Officials believe the incident happened between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday.

The bodies were discovered around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a hotel representative unlocked the door to Room No. 114, according to a police report from the Charleston Police Department.

The report notes James Kelly was shot in the head and chest, while Joyce Kelly was shot twice in the face, the report notes.

Officials also found a note but declined to reveal its contents. Police have deemed the case a homicide- suicide.

"Regardless of the circumstances or the things that have taken place, they were both very loving, giving, beautiful people," Erika Hudson said.

Steve Hudson can only guess about his mother's actions Saturday.

"I speculate my mother loved Jim so that she didn't want to leave him behind to suffer her loss," Steve Hudson said.

James Kelly was employed with Summit Stainless Steel in Charlotte. Joyce Kelly was formerly employed with The Herald. She was last employed with Leiner, Erika Hudson said.

As both the Hudson and Kelly families held onto memories and tried to move on, Chelsea Hudson talked about her grandmother, Joyce Kelly, giving her chocolate mint candy.

Then a tear rolled down her cheek.

"Because they're not here with us anymore," she said.

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