2 Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide in Simi Valley

Four children lived inside the home where a man and woman were found with gunshot wounds

By Christina Cocca and Jane Yamamoto
|  Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013  |  Updated 6:16 PM PDT
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A man and woman were found inside of a Simi Valley home with gunshot wounds in what police called an apparent murder-suicide. Neighbors say the couple lived in the home with four children, some of whom may have been inside during the shooting. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

A man and woman were found inside of a Simi Valley home with gunshot wounds in what police called an apparent murder-suicide. Neighbors say the couple lived in the home with four children, some of whom may have been inside during the shooting. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

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UPDATE: After a husband killed his wife then took his own life in Simi Valley, police identified the deceased Tuesday, Dec. 31, as Jason Hampton, 42, and April Everts-Hampton, 30. A motive has not been determined in the tragedy which police have determined was a murder-suicide, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.


Police were investigating a possible murder-suicide after a man and woman were found with gunshot wounds inside a Simi Valley home Saturday afternoon, police said.

Officers responded to an "unknown trouble" call in the 2400 block of E. Woodrow Avenue about 1:38 p.m., according to a news release by the Simi Valley Police Department.

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A woman was found dead inside, and a man was found seriously hurt with gunshot wounds, police said. A handgun was found inside.

The man died at a hospital of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Neighbors told NBC4 the victims were a husband and wife who moved into the neighborhood with their four children about a year ago.

"Things like this don't happen here," said neighbor Patricia Christensen, who has lived in the neighborhood for 18 years.

Four children were living at the home where the man and woman were found, but it was unclear how many were inside at the time of the shooting.

"I won't confirm how many children were at the home, but there were some children who were at the residence," Simi Valley Cmdr. Tony Anzilotti told NBC4.

The children were not harmed and are now in custody of child protective services.

The incident appears to be a murder-suicide, police said.

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