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Boyfriend, girlfriend dead in apparent murder-suicide in Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County
Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 11:45:07-04

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man and woman were shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a home on Hemlock Lane in Harpersfield Township, located in Ashtabula County, according to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies responded at around 6:40 p.m. Monday to a home in the 5000 block of Hemlock Lane after a homeowner found his son and his son’s girlfriend both dead inside the home.

Deputies said both victims sustained gunshot wounds.

Investigators said they believe a 24-year-old man shot his 20-year-old girlfriend before shooting himself. Family members last had contact with the female victim at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The female victim’s mother became concerned when her daughter stopped answering her phone calls and text messages, the release stated.

Deputies said her parents drove from Pennsylvania to check on her because the GPS location on her phone indicated she was at the home on Hemlock Lane.

After being unable to get a response from inside the home, her parents contacted the male victim’s father to get inside the home to check on the couple.

The couple had been dating for approximately six months. Family members described their relationship has “happy” and “healthy."

Deputies said it’s unknown what prompted the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

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