In an apparent case of murder-suicide in Texas, a 73-year-old man fatally shot a 41-year-old woman before killing himself, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said. Local authorities said that the duo was in a relationship for four years.

The victims were identified as Lindolfo Meza Sanchez and Bertha Bermudez.

“Investigators learned Sanchez had been in a relationship with Bermudez for about four years and the couple had been living together for eleven months,” the news release states. “A history check on the property and parties involved didn’t show any history of family violence. After the residence was processed, no signs of forced entry or burglary were found.”

The incident took place Thursday when deputies received information from a concerned family member. When authorities arrived at the residence in the 5400 block of Mountain View Drive in rural Edinburg, they found the two bodies.

Autopsies revealed Bermudez died from a gunshot wound to the head and Sanchez also died from a gunshot wound to the head.

“A handgun was found close to Sanchez’s body,” the news release states.

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Earlier this month, Sheriff Eddie Guerra said the department had seen a 55 percent increase in domestic violence calls.

Recently in New York, a 63-year-old man killed his wife with a .22 caliber rifle before turning the weapon on himself. The two people dead were identified as Barry Naderman, 63, and Peggy Naderman, 64. An initial investigation conducted by the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office revealed the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide, police said, adding that it was not immediately clear what the motivation might have been.

In another case in Kansas, a 44-year-old man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Local police said the incident was triggered after a domestic dispute.