PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found dead Thursday as a murder-suicide.
According to Major David Lapatin, Steve Soundara, 30, and Vicky Sonevong, 24, were found dead inside an apartment at 208 Jewett St. He said it appeared both died from gunshot wounds.
Soundara is Sonevong’s estranged boyfriend and the father of her two children, according to Lapatin. The children, ages 4 and 6, were not in the apartment at the time of the shooting and are now with Sonevong’s mother.
Soundara was not living at the home but would come over to visit the children, Lapatin said. When Soundara arrived on Wednesday he got into an argument with Sonevong and they told the children to go upstairs.
Before they did, according to Lapatin, one saw what he believed to be a gun.
Lapatin said someone called 911 just before 4 p.m. Thursday after hearing the gunshots.
“Obviously if you are in an abusive relationship you need to seek out help,” Lapatin said. “Not all of them, thank God, turn out as horrific as this one did, but you need to find someone that can help you through this, especially if you feel that you are in danger.”
Police had not been called to the home in the past and there was no restraining order in place.
Both bodies are now in custody of the state medical examiner’s office for autopsy.