Police: 2 dead in Grand Rapids; possible murder-suicide

Grand Rapids police are investigating what appears to be a murder suicide at an apartment on the 100 block of Franklin Street SE on March 25, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 60-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman are dead in what police said is an apparent murder suicide at apartments in the 100 block of Franklin Street SW.

It has left friends and neighbors of the couple confused and in despair.

Family of both the people found dead in the apartment gathered to grieve and look for answers, very few of which were available Friday.

“The female did not show up for work which is unlike her, according to her employer, so they were concerned so they called us,” Grand Rapids Police Captain Vincent Reilly said today.

Police have not identified the deceased couple.

The woman had not been heard from since Wednesday, police said, but neighbors said they saw the male walking around the complex a day ago.

Police contacted the woman’s daughter and management at Campau Commons opened the door around 3:30 p.m. where the two bodies were discovered — dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

Police have not said who killed whom, but a gun was taken from the scene.

A good friend of the male did not want to go on camera, but said the couple had an on-again, off-again relationship, but there was never any indication of violence, although he did have a legal firearm.

Another friend said that the couple seemed happy and in love.

“[He] was very humble. [He] was a good man. He was a Jehovah’s Witness. He cared for other people,” said the woman who said she had known the couple for about a year, but did not want to go on camera.

“She was a very, very loving and caring person. I mean, very,” the woman said.

The women said they did not want to remember their friend for the way his life ended but instead — “For his jokes, laughing, helping others. He was a very good person.”

Preliminary autopsy results are likely to come on Monday.

GRPD’s Major Case Team is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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