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Young Love Doesn’t Have an Age Limit

Eddie Harrison, 95, and Edith Hill, 96, met because of a lotto ticket they played together and split the $2,500 prize. “The next time I went to the store he was there, waiting for me,” recalled Edith. After spending the next ten years together, the mixed-race couple decided to get married. Pat Barber, one of Edith’s daughters, though, sued to have the couple separated because she claimed Hill wasn’t capable of making her own decisions. “She’s 96 and he’s 95, just let them be happy,” said Rebecca Wright, Edith’s other daughter. Pat “wants to sell my mother’s house. She wants the money.” Barber, however, claimed Hill has dementia, and the court agreed that the couple should be separated. Hill was moved out of Wright’s house in Fairfax County, Va., into Barber’s house in Florida. After Hill left, Wright said, Harrison seemed to give up his will to live. “I want my wife back, I want her back home with me,” Harrison said. “She didn’t want to go and I didn’t want her to go.” Two weeks after Hill moved to Florida, Harrison died after being hospitalized with the flu. (MS/WUSA Washington) ...Are murder charges allowed for breaking his heart?
Original Publication Date: 11 January 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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