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Richmond police look into suspected murder-suicide

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The Richmond Police Department is confirming the identity of a victim involved in, what detectives believe to be, a murder-suicide that occurred Sunday at the Cortland Apartments.

The body of 33-year-old Janae Gagnier, also known by her social media handle “Miss Mercedes Morr,” was discovered at her home in the Cortland Apartments, 5200 Pointe West Circle, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

A second body, believed to be that of the suspect, was also located inside.

The identity of that suspect is being withheld pending notification of family.

Richmond PD reported that detectives do not currently believe a relationship existed between the suspect and the victim. The cause of death for both individuals is pending autopsy results from the Fort Bend County Medical Examiner.

“At this point, this is being considered a murder-suicide and it is an ongoing investigation to determine motive in the case,” said Lt. Lowell Neinast, a spokesman for the Richmond Police Department.

Neinast said Richmond police officers originally responded to a welfare check at this complex at approximately 3:48 p.m. Sunday.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered two deceased individuals inside one of the apartments,” he said.

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