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Estranged couple found dead inside Slidell home from apparent murder-suicide, coroner reports

Deputies found a deceased man and woman inside the bedroom at the house.

SLIDELL, La. — The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating after finding an estranged couple dead inside a Slidell home following an apparent domestic incident that turned into a murder-suicide Saturday.

According to a press release, STPSO deputies arrived at a home in the 1300 block of Belair Boulevard near Slidell at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

They were responding to a 911 call where a child said he found his parents bleeding and unresponsive.

Deputies found a deceased man and woman inside the bedroom at the house. A firearm was also nearby, and two of the estranged couple's children were inside the home.

The Department of Children and Family Services was called in regard to the children. 

In a press release issued Sunday, St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston identified the victims as Angel Smith, 31, and Rico Keller, 31.

The coroner says the incident appears to be a murder-suicide, but the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating and autopsies will be conducted on Monday, so those findings are preliminary.

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