Murder/Suicide Doesn't Surprise Neighbors

September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY
Behind the doors of the home at 54 Tuxedo Place in the Riverside section of Buffalo, a terrible crime, a murder-suicide that confirmed neighbors worst fears.

"It was an accident waiting to happen," commented Norman Baker, a neighbor.

"Officers arrived. At some point they were able to gain access to the apartment and they got into the apartment and discovered the two bodies inside the home," said Mike DeGeorge, Spokesperson for the Buffalo Police Department.

The bodies were of a woman in her late 40's and a man in his early 50's, an un-married couple with a 12-year-old son.

"The young boy is in the care and custody of relatives at this point," said DeGeorge.

Neighbors report hearing gunshots at around 2 p.m. They say there was a history of violence and drug use between the couple. Baker has lived on the street for the past 13 years.

"She would talk to me. She'd walk her dog, but he was very unfriendly, very unfriendly. He acted like the world owed him a living," said Baker.

And according to neighbors, it was no secret the woman was planning to leave her boyfriend.

"I mean he was very bitter and nasty. He was downright nasty. I mean he had nothing good to say about anybody. The police have been here on numerous occasions because of the fighting," said Baker.

There was also another not so hidden secret about their next door neighbor.

"He was the suspect in the slaying of his first wife, I think it was 15 years ago," said Baker.

Eyewitness News asked police if the man found dead in this case was indeed a suspect in the murder of his former wife back in 1996. Police would not confirm that. Meanwhile, neighbors tell us the woman had planned to leave her boyfriend and move out of the area with someone else. They believe that is what triggered today's event.