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November 26, 2003

Grandson Shot After Homework Row

A man shot his grandson to death and then killed himself with a shotgun after quarrelling over the boy's schoolwork, police said. Kojiro Ohashi, a 69-year-old farmer, allegedly shot 15-year-old Kazuya in the stomach after an argument at their farmhouse in the northern town of Marumori, said local police spokesman Koichi Hashiura. Ohashi then rushed to his bedroom and shot himself in the head. Hashiura said Ohashi often called Kazuya a delinquent and told his grandson to study harder, causing harsh quarrels. The grandfather had a licence to possess the shotgun for hunting. Kazuya's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were at home at the time of the killing, Hashiura said.

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