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Cops find elderly couple dead in Woodhaven home

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WOODHAVEN — A Woodhaven couple was found dead in their home Saturday night by their son in what police classified as a homicide, but which neighbors told news media was likely a mercy-killing murder-suicide.

Their 44-year-old son, Carl Rubino, went to Salvatore and Evelyn Rubino's 75th Road apartment to check on his parents and found them in their bedroom with gunshot wounds to their heads, authorities said.

Police responded to a 911 call at the building at about 11 p.m. and noted no sign of forced entry into the apartment. Police found a .38-caliber revolver at the scene, authorities said.

Salvatore Rubino appeared to have shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself, police told the New York Post.

Neighbors said Evelyn Rubino's health had deteriorated in recent years, and that she had had to use an oxygen tank in order to breathe, according to 1010WINS. The couple often sat in front of their building to get some sun, and were well-liked in the area, neighbors told 1010WINS.

Updated 6:37 pm, October 10, 2011
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