updated 1/10/2007 11:27:36 PM ET 2007-01-11T04:27:36

A senior editor for PC World Magazine was fatally shot in his home in a drug-related attack, authorities said Wednesday.

Rex Farrance, 59, the San Francisco-based magazine’s senior technical editor, was shot in the chest after four masked men broke into his home Tuesday evening, Pittsburg police said.

The assailants also pistol-whipped Farrance’s wife, Lenore Vantosh-Farrance, 56, a registered nurse. She called 911, but the attackers fled before officers arrived. No one has been arrested, officials said.

“We have substantial reason to believe that the victim and his wife were involved in the possession and, potentially, the distribution of illegal narcotics,” said Pittsburg police Inspector John Conaty, who declined to specify what type of drugs were involved.

A phone call to Vantosh-Farrance was not immediately returned late Wednesday.

Colleagues at PC World described Farrance as a fitness buff, rock-music fan and a dedicated husband and father who excelled at his job.

“We’re all in shock here,” said Denny Arar, a PC World senior editor. “Rex loved his work. He really cared about covering technology in a way that was useful for readers. He cared a lot about people, period, including his co-workers.”

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