Authorities identify man and woman killed in murder-suicide in Minneapolis

Investigators say the man and woman had a prior relationship.

Authorities have identified a man and woman involved in a murder-suicide in the Twin Cities earlier this week.

According to dual press releases from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the pair were 35-year-old Martina Lopez Garcia and 35-year-old Homero Lopez Salinas.

Garcia's manner of death has been ruled a homicide; she died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, the medical examiner said. The killing happened at her home at 2720 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis.

Salinas' death has been ruled a suicide, with the medical examiner saying he died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Officers found the bodies in Garcia's apartment building on Thursday afternoon after receiving an "unknown trouble call," according to a news release from the Minneapolis Police Department.

Investigators quickly determined Garcia and Salinas had a prior relationship, though authorities have not yet revealed any further details. 

The medical examiner listed a north Minneapolis address for Salinas, which the Star Tribune says is a house he and Garcia bought together in March 2014. 

Domestic violence in Minnesota

If Garcia and Salinas were in fact involved romantically at some point, Garcia's death would be the 15th domestic homicide in Minnesota this year, Liz Richards, Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women told Kare 11.

At least 21 Minnesotans were killed in 2016 by a current or former domestic partner, according to the coalition's annual Femicide Report.

Of those 21 deaths, 18 were women who are believed to have been killed by their current or ex husband, boyfriend, or male intimate partner.

According to Duluth's Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center:

  • 1 in 3 women in Minnesota will be subjected to physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • Every 15 seconds, a woman is battered in the United States.

If you know anyone that is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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