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MAN KILLS GIRLFRIEND, THEN HANGS HIMSELF

A 51-year-old man apparently stabbed his girlfriend to death and then hanged himself at their home.

Four children cared for by the couple discovered the bodies upon arriving home from school Thursday. The children, ages 12 to 14, alerted a neighbor, who called 911.

Police said the deaths bear the hallmarks of a murder-suicide. They said Jose Mateo appeared to have stabbed Amelia Fuentes, 54, before killing himself.

The four children were related to one of them and are being looked after by family members, said Deputy Police Chief Sammie Drayton Sr.

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