PD: Couple's deaths appear to be a murder-suicide - New York News

PD: Couple's deaths appear to be a murder-suicide

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Phoenix Police are investigating a murder-suicide in which a 46-year-old woman is believed to have been killed by her partner.

Monday about noon, police officers were called to a home near Maryvale Parkway and Indian School Road. The 911 caller reported finding their parents dead inside the residence.

Officers located 46-year-old Debra Fernandez and her 52-year-old husband in a bedroom, Sgt. Steve Martos said. They had sustained gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspected shooter is Thomas Fernandez, the victim's husband.

Detectives say both the victim and suspect had been involved in a verbal altercation late Sunday night into the morning hours. They had been arguing over finances.

Family members staying in the home reported hearing "popping" sounds sometime overnight but did not realize they were gunshots, according to Sgt. Martos.

When the couple did not exit their bedroom in the morning, one of their children checked on them and found the bodies.

Two adult children of the victim live in the home, along with five children under the age of 5.

Debra's son Nathan told us her husband was a pastor and they were together for many years. No one knows what happened.

To donate: Wells Fargo bank account in the name of Debra Fernandez Memorial Fund

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:36:46 GMT
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
  • Success Academy students waiting for word on new locations

    Success Academy students waiting for word on new locations

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:58:48 GMT
    The mayor's office is saying one thing. The charter schools another. It is a lot of he said, she said. The bottom line is that right now the future of three charter schools is still unclear. Jennifer Duran is afraid because she doesn't know where her two children are going to school next year. Both kids attend success academy Harlem 4, one of three charter schools that still does not have a set location. The other two charters are Success Academy Jamaica in Queens and Success Academy City Hall.
    The mayor's office is saying one thing. The charter schools another. It is a lot of he said, she said. The bottom line is that right now the future of three charter schools is still unclear. Jennifer Duran is afraid because she doesn't know where her two children are going to school next year. Both kids attend success academy Harlem 4, one of three charter schools that still does not have a set location. The other two charters are Success Academy Jamaica in Queens and Success Academy City Hall.
  • Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:33:11 GMT
    New Haven police say they have charged a Westbrook with making a hoax call in November to say an armed man was heading to shoot up Yale University.
    Police say they have charged a Connecticut man with making a call in November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University. New Haven police said Wednesday that 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices