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Couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Stafford home

Posted at 7:15 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 20:11:57-04

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a man and woman were found shot to death in a Stafford County home Thursday afternoon.

Deputies were called to a home on Brighton Way at 12:30 p.m. after a family member discovered a woman’s body, according to officials with the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived at the home, they also discovered a man’s body.

Officials said both victims, who were described as “middle-aged,” died of apparent gunshot wounds.

“Their names will not be released until next of kin have been notified,” officials said.

Deputies said their investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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