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Example of a wedding, not the tragic murder-suicide one in the story. Photo via Pixabay

How could marriages that begin with hope and happiness end in tragic murder-suicides?

Officials aren’t speculating about motives or relationship details, but they are dealing with two separate married-couple murder-suicides in Los Angeles County.

And one of the dead was an off-duty 28-year veteran Los Angeles Fire Department captain.

The fire captain murder-suicide was in Long Beach and the other murder-suicide was in Glendale.

Fire Captain Wayne Havron, 53, of Long Beach, died at the scene of the Long Beach shooting. His wife, identified as Sidette Havron, 45, died at a hospital, the coroner’s office reported.

Officers sent to their residence in the 7100 block of Island Village Drive about 10:45 a.m. Saturday recovered a firearm at the scene and were investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Havron was assigned to Station 51 at Los Angeles International Airport.

“The Los Angeles Fire Department is aware of a tragic incident involving one of its off-duty members that occurred in the city of Long Beach on Saturday Sept. 23rd,” LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said. “We are cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation, and we offer our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims.”

The other murder-suicide was in Glendale, and coroner’s officials have now released the names of the two people who died.

They were identified as Mary Valentine, 42, and Brian Valentine, 45, said Lt. Rudy Molano of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Family members made the discovery and called police at 12:38 p.m. Saturday to the 1500 block of East Windsor Road, Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William said.

“The deceased are a man and a woman in the 40s who were down inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds,” William said. “At this point we are investigating this as a murder-suicide and the relationship is domestic in nature.”

–City News Service

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