Police believe discord over an impending divorce was the motive behind an apparent murder-suicide involving a husband and wife on Wednesday.
It was the third set of double-deaths in the Provo-Orem area in the past 11 days.The bodies of Jorge L. Quirindongo, 40, and Ivette Quirindongo, 32, were found with fatal gunshot wounds at the Georgian Apartments, 60 S. 900 East, apartment No. 1.
The shootings occurred early in the afternoon, but the bodies were not discovered until later that evening, said Provo Police Capt. Keith Teuscher.
An unidentified man who was working across the street from the apartments called police at 12:54 p.m., reporting he had heard possible gunshots. Investigators arrived on the scene but did not find any evidence of gunfire.
"They checked the area, but couldn't determine what had occurred," Teuscher said.
About 8 p.m., a relative of the Quirindongos discovered the bodies in a bedroom of the apartment and notified police. Investigators found divorce papers, which were apparently signed on Tuesday, on the kitchen table.
The couple's three children were visiting the home of relatives at the time of the shootings. Teuscher estimated the ages of the children at 14, 12 and 9.
"This came as a complete surprise," Grethe Jensen, manager of Georgian Apartments, said of the shootings. Jensen added she was aware that the couple had been experiencing "marital problems."
Jensen said the Quirindongos had been living at the apartment complex for about five years.
Police are still investigating two other recent double deaths in Provo and Orem.
- In Orem, a murder-suicide involving a father and son is still baffling police. On April 27, a dispatcher received an emergency phone call from Rex Black, 48, who said he had just shot his son. The dispatcher then heard a single gunshot.
Minutes later, police found Black and his 22-year-old son, Toby, dead from gunshot wounds to the head. A chihuahua also died from a gunshot wound.
- On April 26, Robert Reis, 50, and his wife Kathy, 47, were found dead in a southeast Provo home, 2158 S. Dakota Ave. In that case, there were no signs of violence or struggle.
The bodies are undergoing toxicological tests at the medical examiner's office in Salt Lake City in an attempt to ascertain the cause of the deaths. Carbon monoxide poisoning has been ruled out because the windows of the home were open.