3 dead in northern Va. home; police suspect murder-suicide

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) – Police say three people died in a suburban home in northern Virginia in what they believe was a murder-suicide.

Police say the three who died were all acquaintances.

Fairfax County Police say they were called to a home on Cromwell Drive in Springfield at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. Police say as many as 10 people were in the home at the time of the shooting, including several children.

Detectives believed that one man shot a man and a woman in the home before shooting himself.

Sunday, police identified the victims as Santos Vladimir Ralda, 45, his wife, Floridalma Youlanda Perez Diaz, 40, both of Springfield and Nathanael Owen Cooper, 20, of Culloden, West Virginia.

The husband is believed to have shot his wife and Cooper following an argument, according to police. 

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