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Police: Well-Known St. Pete Couple Die In Murder-Suicide

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Police say a well-known St. Petersburg couple whose bodies were found in their home died in a murder-suicide.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the bodies of former St. Petersburg police officer Gerard Joseph Stempinski and his wife Marie Stempinski were discovered Friday night.

Police say 69-year-old Gerard Stempinski shot his wife then took his own life.

Gerard worked for 25 years as a police officer and detective before becoming a successful financial adviser. Marie, who was 72, was president of a communications firm and a frequent columnist for the Times.

A friend told the newspaper that Gerard had seemed depressed recently because of an injury that required him to use a walking cane. Marie had also recently suffered a severe hip injury.
 

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