Nevada tribal chairman death ruled suicide

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Updated: 11/01/2012 3:24 pm
Carey says in lieu of flowers a bank account has been set up at the Bank of America branch in Fernley (located at 1480 U.S. Hwy 95A N. Fernley, NV 89408 or call 775-575-7717) to support the Burke family, donations can be made under the name “Wayne Burke”. 


RENO, Nev. (AP) — The death of Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Chairman Wayne Burke has been ruled a suicide.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday an autopsy shows Burke died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Burke died about 2 a.m. Sunday in Nixon. He was 38.

Burke also served on the Nevada Commission on Tourism, having been recently appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The 10-member tribal council governs the 2,600-member Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, whose reservation is located about 35 miles northeast of Reno.

A memorial service is being held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Nixon Gym, according to Tribal Planner Scott Carey.

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