Man finds two bodies in Ocala apartment



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[Last updated on April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.]

The Ocala Police Department has concluded its investigation after a man found two people dead inside of an apartment at the Paradise Apartments apartment complex.


OPD detectives said that Monday, just after 5 p.m., the man called 911 after he had entered the apartment, located at 1946 Southwest 31st Avenue, and found two deceased individuals — a male and female.

According to reports, the witness found the woman face down on a bed with a wound in her back and the man was on the floor. Detectives would not say if the victims had been shot.

Detectives said that the man entered the apartment because there were children outside crying.

Believing something was wrong, he entered the unit and found the bodies.

Initially, investigators thought that the victims were targeted. However, it was later determined that is was a murder suicide.

Detectives identified the victims as Jose Rivera, 48, and Idiomaris Cruz, 40. Cruz leaves behind tow boys and a girl — ages 12, 14, and 16.

According to reports, Rivera shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

They had only been married since January.


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