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Two apparent murder-suicides in less than a week

Two suspected murder-suicides have taken place in the Tucson area in less than a week. One happened on Thursday on the West Side, the other on Saturday evening in Green Valley.

Police identified 50-year-old Guadalupe Alvarado and 51-year-old Elmer Frisby as involved in what is thought to be a murder-suicide Thursday morning in the 3100 block of West Vuelta De Los Mineros, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said in a press release.

Detectives investigating the incident believe that Frisby shot his wife multiple times with a handgun before turning the weapon on himself, TPD's Sgt. Pete Dugan said. 

Saturday, Green Valley District deputies found the bodies of 76-year-old Alice Phillips and 77-year-old George Phillips when they responded to a call in the 300 block of North Cape Royal Drive, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Both died from gunshot wounds, said Deputy Tracy Suitt. Based on preliminary evidence, PCSD homicide detectives think that the man killed his wife and then committed suicide, he said Sunday.

Detectives have discovered that George Phillips may have been suffering from a terminal illness, Suitt said in a Monday news release. The case is still under investigation.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call 88-CRIME  or 911, Suitt said.

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