Palm Bay detectives investigating apparent murder-suicide

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A couple has died after a suspected murder-suicide in Palm Bay, detectives said Wednesday.

Officers responded to Fitchburg Street SE on Tuesday shortly after 10:30 p.m. 

"A 911 call was made by a female who appeared to be in distress asking for officers to come to her house. No other contact was made on the 911 call," authorities said. 

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When officers arrived, they discovered a male and female with apparent gunshot wounds. The female was pronounced deceased at the scene and the male was transported to a local hospital where he died.

"Evidence at the scene suggests the 72-year-old male shot and killed his live-in 56-year-old girlfriend. He then shot himself. They have been together for approximately 11 years and resided in Palm Bay."

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The couple has not been identified until the families can be notified. 

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