Dan Stamm

Couple Dies in SUV Near Home in Apparent Murder-Suicide

A couple, whose family says had a history of domestic violence, wound up dead in an SUV parked near their home — the gun in the man’s hand — in an apparent case of murder-suicide.

Crews found the 37-year-old woman suffering a gunshot wound in the front driver’s seat and the 49-year-old man suffering a gunshot in the front passenger seat of the Honda CRV parked along Amber Street near Venango Street in the Kensington neighborhood around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Philadelphia police said. Medics pronounced both dead.

The deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide as investigators found a gun in the man’s hand, Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Family members on the scene said the man and the woman, who had violent encounters in the past, were arguing earlier in the day.

The investigation into the deaths continued Friday morning, police said.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers resources for victims of abuse. The phone number is 1-800-799-7233. Chat services are available at thehotline.org.

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