West Valley police believe weekend shooting deaths likely murder-suicide

West Valley City police said Monday that the weekend shooting deaths of a man and woman appear to be a case of murder-suicide, though the official determination awaits an autopsy.

WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said the couple were found dead in their home, near 3200 South and 3400 West, about 4:50 p.m. Sunday, by their daughter. The discovery came moments after she reported hearing gunfire.

“The evidence at the scene indicates the likelihood of this being a murder-suicide, but we will wait for the [Utah State] Medical Examiner to make that determination.”

Police did not disclose a possible motive for the incident. That remained under investigation.

The deceased were identified as Miraheta Skender, 49, and Samir Skender, 51.


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