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MADISON (WKOW) -- Friends of Madison homicide victims Dr. Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre mourn an incomprehensible loss and honor the couple's legacy.

"She was so compassionate," Dane County Supervisor Richard Kilmer says. Kilmer says he became Potter's patient twenty years ago. "She helped me when I was in a really bad spot in my life," he says.

Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association President Craig Carlson says he's spent years on the sidelines of soccer matches with Carre, who headed up a Madison, youth soccer club for years. "All of my memories of him are pretty fond," Carlson says.

Authorities say Potter and Carre were the victims of homicidal violence. UW Police say the husband and wife were found by a jogger Tuesday morning near the entrance to the UW Arboretum. Police say they believe the couple was targeted, but have not discussed any possible motive.

"I simply cannot imagine any reason for them not to be here right now," Carlson says.

"Disbelief," Kilmer says over Potter's being taken by a killer. "She's the nicest person in the world."

Potter was the director of the Wingra Family Medical Center and mentored many health care practitioners.

"She really rose through the ranks because she's so brilliant," says Kilmer.

"She was an outstanding physician positively impacting the lives of so many people," UW Health's Dr. Melissa Stiles says.

Carlson says Carre's work with youth soccer was impactful and selfless. "Was never really interested in the accolades for himself," Carlson says. "He was quiet, he was humble, constantly giving of his time.

Carre's professional consulting work involved helping high school students best prepare themselves for desirable, college admissions.

The couple is survived by three children in their teens and twenties.

"I think they're two of the nicest human beings I've ever been around," Carlson says.

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Tony Galli

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