HOUSTON - Hearts are heavy in Houston. This week, the HPD lost two police officers; one to murder, the other to suicide. Now, we're ending this tough week with a murder-suicide involving a Houston firefighter. In a strange coincidence, it was one of two murder-suicides in the same town, in the same night.
Richard C. Deluna, 40, lived in a Kingwood-area home on Lake Prince Lane with his 35-year-old girlfriend, Caroline Minjares. Police say family members went to check on her when she failed to pick up her daughter. Once they made their way inside the home, they found Minjares had been stabbed to death.
"The male that lived there was also dead, and it appears to be a murder-suicide," said Lt. Robert Blain.
Deluna apparently hanged himself.
HFD released a statement:
“On the evening of May 21, 2015, Houston Firefighter Richard Deluna was found dead, along with his girlfriend Caroline Minjares, in their Northeast Houston home. Firefighter Deluna was 40 years old and had served with the Houston Fire Department for over 12 years. He is survived by his mother and five children. The details of his death are part of an ongoing investigation by the Houston Police Department. We ask that you keep the family of both the Richard Deluna and Caroline Minjares in your thoughts and prayers."
Thankfully, no children were home at the time.
As police worked the scene, another tragedy was unfolding in Kingwood. An elderly couple was found dead inside their home on Knoll Terrace Drive.
"It appears the elderly husband shot his wife before committing suicide," said Officer Cory Sharp.
Family members found the couple in their bedroom. They were in their 70s.
Suicide, depression and domestic violence are all difficult to talk about. If you or someone you know is in crisis, seek help, before it's too late.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)