3 dead in suspected murder-suicide in Coolidge

3 dead in suspected murder-suicide in Coolidge

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) – Coolidge police are investigating what they say appears to be a murder-suicide that left three dead.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that 75-year-old Francisco Renteria Valenzuela and married couple 45-year-old Reyna Idalia Renteria and 57-year-old Everardo Verduzco, were found dead along Signal Peak Road on Wednesday. All suffered gunshot wounds and a handgun was found by Verduzco, who was married to Rayna Renteria.

Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller discovered the bodies while driving.

Coolidge Police Sgt. Mark Tercero says interviews with family members of the deceased suggest there was a marital dispute that may have led to the deaths. A final determination of the cause of death will be made after investigators conduct ballistic tests.


Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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