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Police identify Spring Garden murder-suicide victims

Police identified the victims of a murder-suicide in Spring Garden.

Police identify Spring Garden murder-suicide victims

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Police have identified two people in Sunday night's domestic murder-suicide in a Spring Garden luxury high-rise as married couple Rio Acosta Magden, 29, and Carlos Eugene Acosta, 30.

Detectives believe Acosta shot Magden repeatedly in the head and body before shooting himself in the Museum Towers on 18th Street near Spring Garden, police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien said. Police say both were found in the apartment's front bedroom. The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m.

Here is initial story filed Sunday by Daily News Staff Writer William Bender:

POLICE WERE INSIDE the Museum Towers on 18th Street near Spring Garden late Sunday night investigating a murder-suicide involving a 29-year-old woman and a man who appears to have been the shooter.

Sgt. Tim Devlin said the shooting stemmed from an apparent domestic dispute, but he couldn't provide additional details Sunday night.

At the main entrance to the Spring Garden luxury high-rise, the head of security was attempting to assuage residents' concerns - while declining to tell them what had occurred.

"We got a little situation, but it's under control," said the man, who would not provide his name.

"I don't feel safe going up to my apartment," said a woman, as she walked past the police cars. "Take my word for it," he responded, "nobody is in any danger."

The identities of the man and woman have not been released. Police say both were found in the apartment's front bedroom. The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m.

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