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3 dead in Port St. Lucie murder/suicide, police say

Posted at 9:13 AM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:35:11-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Port St. Lucie crime scene detectives were back at a home on SW Constellation Road Monday where three bodies were found over the weekend.

Neighbors have confirmed the identities of the husband and wife involved, but WPTV is awaiting confirmation from police before making them public. We do know the couple had two young boys who were unharmed, and now are in state custody as the investigation continues.

Justin Lara was sitting outside Saturday night when he heard a shot from two doors down. He had just moved to the neighborhood a few months ago, so he did not know the family that lived down the street.

"You would think that a place like this is paradise and beautiful and all that, and then you have things that happen behind closed doors that surprises you," said Lara.

Other neighbors who didn’t want to speak on camera said they are not just surprised, but stunned by what happened.

Police said just after 11 p.m. Saturday, a man called 911 to say he had killed his wife and her boyfriend and that there were two children inside.

A man’s body was found on the back porch. He was declared deceased from a gunshot wound. Another man and a woman were found dead inside.

A SWAT team recovered the two boys. Neighbors said they were early elementary school aged, and that the boys and their father played constantly outside.

Police are still trying to notify next of kin.