Monday, March 30, 2015
Police: Northampton couple dead in apparent murder-suicide
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015
Authorities have identified the Northampton couple found shot to death in their home Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide as Boris and Inna Sereda.
The couple’s son-in-law found Boris, 65, and Inna, 61, dead in their split-level home in the 90 block of Lempa Road shortly before 4 p.m.
Preliminary investigation indicates that Boris shot Inna and then took his own life, said authorities, who added that Boris owned a jewelry shop on Jeweler's Row in Center City Philadelphia.
The son-in-law was checking on the couple’s well-being, Northampton police Chief Michael Clark said, adding he did not know how long it had been since the son-in-law last heard from the couple.
"They were wonderful people and it is a loss to all of us and that's all I want to say," a woman who lives on Lempa Road said when contacted by telephone Sunday night. She declined to give her name.
The dead couple were found in a second-floor bedroom, Clark said. A handgun was recovered at the scene, police said.
Northampton police have no history of domestic incidents involving the couple, Clark said. The deaths remain under investigation by Northampton Police and Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
The manner and cause of the deaths will be formally determined by the Bucks County Coroner’s Office.
The last murder-suicide in Bucks County occurred in October 2011, when 88-year-old Charles Christine shot to death his wife, Betty Jane, 86, while she slept then committed suicide with the same gun. The Quakertown couple’s daughter found the couple after she arrived to do a routine well-being check.
A month before the Christines' deaths, Jeanne and Charles Hoez, ages 90 and 92 respectively, of Middletown, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a murder-suicide. Jeanne Hoez had advanced Alzheimer’s disease.