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Jealousy is motive in apparent double murder-suicide, Tampa police say

TAMPA — Jealousy appears to have been the motive in a weekend incident that left three people dead, including one in an apparent suicide, a Tampa police spokeswoman said.

Dina Martin, 28, a mother of two, was found shot to death Saturday in the home of the man she had once intended to marry.

Robert Velazquez, 3201 W Ivy St., is believed to have killed Martin and then shot himself following a standoff with Tampa police Saturday afternoon, police say.

Martin had recently moved from the Ivy Street address, but she dropped off her 8-year-old daughter there Saturday with the girl's father, who lived with Velazquez, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. The girl was not at the house at the time of the slaying, police say.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded, meanwhile, to another slaying at 6803 Cavacade Drive in Tampa. Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway has confirmed no information about the dead man found there except to say that he believes the cases are linked. He said detectives haven't been able to match the man's fingerprints with those of the person they believe him to be.

McElroy said the man at the Cavacade Drive address was a co-worker of Martin's, and the two appeared to have had a relationship.

Employees at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, where Martin worked, would not comment on the situation Monday, referring questions to the company's corporate offices. The corporate contact did not return messages seeking comment.

Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at rcatalanello@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3383.

Jealousy is motive in apparent double murder-suicide, Tampa police say 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:37pm]
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