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Couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Hialeah

Police say Oscar Martinez, 45, strangled wife, hanged himself

HIALEAH, Fla. – Two bodies were found inside a Hialeah apartment Wednesday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.

The discovery was made in a first-floor apartment at Las Brisas Gardens.

Hialeah police said they received a 911 call from a distraught relative. When officers arrived, they found the bodies of a married couple inside.

Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said Oscar Mendoza, 45, strangled his wife of 21 years, Gilma Martinez, 40, during a domestic dispute and then hanged himself.

The couple has four children together -- two daughters, ages 17 and 20, and two boys who are 8 and 10 years old.

Police said the boys were not present at the time of the incident.

The Hialeah Police Department does not have any records showing previous domestic violence between the couple.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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