Cops: Man kills ex-girlfriend, turns gun on self

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Months after their relationship ended, a man used a gun to end his life and the life of his ex-girlfriend, police confirmed.

The 37-year-old man and a woman were found unresponsive inside an apartment at Dexter Manor on Broad Street Sunday night.

Police said both people suffered gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Major David Lapatin said investigators believe the man shot the woman, though he does not know who owned the gun. He said the weapon, which appears to be a shot gun, is now in custody of crime scene investigators.

A friend of the male made the discovery.

“He was concerned because he usually keeps in touch with him,” Lapatin said.

Police confirmed that a note was found at the scene, but they did not elaborate on the contents.

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The victim’s Godmother, Darlene Wills, told Eyewitness News the couple had been together for at least seven years.

“Love ain’t supposed to hurt like that. Nobody should do anything like this ever,” she said.

According to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the relationship between the couple ended about six months ago.

“No words can adequately describe the impact that such a horrific act has on family members, friends, loved ones, and the community as a whole. We extend our deepest sympathies to all as they begin to mourn this loss,” Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House; Kristin Lyons, Executive Director, Women’s Center of Rhode Island; and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence said in a joint statement.

One neighbor questioned the security in the building.

“The security here is very lacking,” said William Garcia. “They don’t have that much security here at all. They do have security, but it’s only one man for a whole big building.”

Dexter Manor is operated by the Providence Housing Authority.

According to the agency’s website, the facility is home to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Eyewitness News did reach out to management, but it declined to comment.

Courtney Caligiuri and Nancy Krause contributed to this report.

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