Fairfax County

Elderly Couple Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide: Fairfax Co. Police

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An elderly couple who was found dead inside their Fairfax County home on Tuesday may have died by murder-suicide, police say.

The couple's friend found them dead inside the home and called police at about 10:15 p.m. to the 8900 block of Walker Street in Fairfax, Virginia, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The victims were identified as Janos John Gertler, 86, and Eva Anna Vas, 73.

Investigators believe Gertler shot Vas, and then shot himself. Officers found cartridge cases and a firearm at the home.

News4 spoke to neighbors who described the couple as quiet but friendly.

Peter Arrington, who has lived next door for 20 years said he never expected to see police at his neighbor's home.

“Oh, it's terrible. It’s just awful,” Arrington said.

Police were still at the scene as of Wednesday morning and continue to investigate.

This is a developing story. Stay with News4 for more updates.

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