2 dead in ‘apparent murder-suicide’ in Tampa apartment, police say

The bodies of a 22-year-old man and a 53-year-old man were found by officers conducting a welfare check.
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Published May 13, 2022|Updated May 18, 2022

TAMPA — Police said Friday the two bodies found in an apartment days earlier belonged to a 22-year-old man and a 53-year-old man, and that they appeared to have died in a murder-suicide.

Officers on Tuesday responded to the Mobley Park Apartments at 401 E Seventh Ave. for a welfare check around 5 p.m., police said. When Tampa officers arrived, they found two people dead.

At the time, the agency said it was conducting a death investigation, but that it appeared to be an isolated event. In an update on Wednesday, police said the medical examiner’s office had not yet identified the men and investigators still were working to determine a cause of death.

Then on Friday, the Tampa Police Department released more information, saying the two men knew each other, and the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Police did not release the names of the two men, their relationship to each other or their cause of death.

Their deaths mark at least the eighth suspected murder-suicide involving people from the Tampa Bay area in 2022. The last apparent murder-suicide occurred about a month ago in Wesley Chapel, where a man was suspected of killing his brother and then himself, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

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