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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 relationships, but they are dealing with two separate married-couple murder-suicides in Los Angeles County over the weekend.

One of the tragedies was in Glendale and the other was in Long Beach.

Coroner’s officials have released the names of the two people who died in Glendale.

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.”

In the other case of murder-suicide in Southern California, the coroner’s office Monday released the name of a man who died from an apparent gunshot wound in a Long Beach home.

The man who died in a murder-suicide at his Long Beach home over the weekend was an off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department captain, authorities said Monday.

Wayne Havron, 53, of Long Beach, died at the scene of the shooting and a woman in her 40s, died at a hospital, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Her name was withheld pending notification of relatives, but police said she was believed to be Havron’s wife.

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 a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, 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.”


–City News Service

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