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Two dead in apparent murder suicide (update 2)

A police van at the scene (CNA)

Police on Saturday were investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a 35-year-old man who is said to have shot his former partner, 26, before killing himself in Limassol.

The incident took place in the early morning hours at the Ayia Fyla firing range.

Police said the bodies of Petros Papantoniou and Sophia Zenonos were found at around 2.30am at the firing range entrance.

Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said Papantoniou and Zenonos were in a relationship but had broken up in recent days.

“They met here and it appears there was a disagreement between them and the 35-year-old allegedly shot the 26-year-old with a hunting shotgun and then ended his life with the same weapon,” Soteriades said.

He did not immediately confirm reports that the bodies were found by the 35-year-old’s father who was also the owner of the shotgun.

Reports said the woman had gone there to try and prevent them 35-year-old from ending his life. He had called her earlier and told her of his intention.

Before rushing to the range, the woman contacted Papantoniou’s parents.

She leaves behind a six-year-old child from a previous relationship.

 

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