A young man returned to his family’s apartment on the Upper West Side in Manhattan on Monday evening to find both his parents dead from gunshot wounds in a suspected murder-suicide.
Police say they believe 72-year-old Jose Tito Ortiz shot and killed his wife, 50-year-old Olga Ortiz, before turning the gun on himself.
Officers were summoned to the scene at 320 West 87th Street after they received reports about a shooting just after 7pm.
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Police suspect Jose Tito Ortiz, 72, a married dad-of-three, shot and killed his wife, Olga, 50 (pictured together left and right), before turning gun on himself
The couple’s 21-year-old son, Sam, discovered his parents’ bodies inside their basement apartment at 320 West 87th Street on the Upper West Side in Manhattan
They entered the couple’s basement apartment and found the bodies.
Both the man and woman were unresponsive and were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
A gun was recovered inside the apartment.
David Ostwald, a long-time friend of the family, told the New York Daily News that Jose worked as the superintendent of the building and lived in a basement apartment with Olga, his second wife of two decades, and their 21-year-old son, Samuel.
Police officers were called to the scene just after 7pm on Monday
Loved ones are seen comforting one another outside the building on Monday
A family friend said Jose worked as a super in the building. He and Olga, his second wife, had been married for 20 years and had two children together, a son and a daughter
The couple also had a daughter together, and Jose had another daughter from a previous relationship.
The friend told the newspaper that to the best of his knowledge, Jose and Olga were in a loving relationship and had no obvious health problems.
‘They were married for over 20 years. They used to walk down the street holding hands, looking lovingly into each other’s eyes. They would dress up and go on dates,’ Ostwald said. ‘You couldn’t see this happening.’
Ostwald described Jose as being in the best shape of his life and insisted that he did not appear angry.
Police so far have offered no motive for the deadly domestic incident.