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Police identify bodies found in Victoria (video)

By chirst
Oct. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 28, 2012 at 5:28 a.m.

An officer stands at the scene of a double homicide in the 300 block of Grant Street in Victoria. Two people, a 51-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman,  were found about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by the woman's adult son. Names of the victims have not been released.

Two Victoria residents were found dead in their apartment Saturday night in the 300 block of Grant Street.

Lt. Caleb Breshears, of the Victoria Police Department, said a couple - a 51-year-old Bennie Ray Dupnik and a 44-year-old Sandra Rivera - were discovered inside the apartment by Rivera's son about 6:30 p.m.

Sgt. Eline Moya said no one had been taken into custody.

Breshears said the victims suffered apparent stab wounds and officials suspect foul play.

Detective Amy Grothe is investigating the possible homicides and Justice of the Peace Richard Castillo performed the inquest.

"I banged on her door all day. I knew something was wrong," one of Rivera's family members said, fighting back tears.

Family and friends of Rivera gathered outside the apartment complex late Saturday, as crime scene technicians and police officers came in and out of the apartment.

"That was my mom. I live right here, and she died just right over there," said another relative, who lived a few doors down.

Some neighbors in the area did not hear or see a disturbance during the day.

One neighbor said the couple had lived in the neighborhood only a few months.

Mary Resendez, a resident of the neighborhood for 50 years, said the area was mostly peaceful.

"I don't have problems," she said. "People used to break my car windows in, but I'm not afraid. I don't have any problems with anybody."

Resendez said she did not know the victims in the apartment.

"They don't stay long; they come in and out," Resendez said about many people who live in the apartments.

She said she was shocked that this happened here.

"I was watching a movie, and I heard my dog barking, I thought it might be a big dog ... but I went outside and saw all the police and the fire truck," Resendez said. "It scares me that this happened here."

At least seven police cars, a Victoria fire truck and ambulance responded to the call.

Moya said the investigation is ongoing, and no suspects have been identified. She would not say what leads they were following or what steps they were taking to find a suspect.

The two victims were removed from the scene between 10:11 p.m. and 10:43 p.m.

Sgt. Adam Nieto said they were taken to Travis County Medical Examiner's Office in Austin for autopsies.



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