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2 officers found dead in murder-suicide in Garfield Ridge

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago Police Officer and her husband, a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, were found dead in their Southwest Side home Sunday in what appears to be a murder-suicide, authorities said.

The correctional officer apparently shot his wife before shooting himself, said Cook County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith.

“This is a tremendous tragedy any day – particularly on Easter Sunday,” Smith said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

The couple has been identified as Javier and Veronica Acevedo, both 50, authorities said.

Just after 5 a.m. someone inside the Garfield Ridge home, located in the 5300 block of South Austin Avenue, called 911, Smith said.

Chicago police found them unresponsive inside the home a short time later.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatalities but would not immediately release additional information. Area Central detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

Veronica Acevedo served 18 years with the Chicago Police Department and had won 23 “department awards” during her career, said Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada, a department spokesman. Her husband served 25 years as a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, according to Smith, the sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Neighbors say the couple kept to themselves. They say they were unaware of any issues the couple may have had.

"I never would have suspected that there was anything going on," Andrew Liszka told FOX 32's Lisa Chavarria. 

"It was surprising, it was a really quiet family," Rafal Kikla said. 

FOX 32's Lisa Chavarria contributed to this story

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