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Police identify couple killed in I-80 murder-suicide

By Faith Heaton Jolley & Ben Wood | Posted - Feb 8th, 2013 @ 11:14pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — Two adults found dead Friday inside a vehicle on an I-80 off-ramp were likely killed in a murder-suicide, police said.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers said the SUV was parked on the side of the road on I-80 eastbound to Redwood Road.

The female driver of the car and her male passenger — later identified as Iris Rodriguez, 32, and Felipe Rodriguez, 37 — both had gunshot wounds to the head.

"It appears the driver was shot first, and then the passenger shot himself," Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steven Winward said.

"We don't know the extent of this family, if they had family or what, if they leave behind children or what," Winward said. "We don't know the entire situation."

The car was parked under the I-215 overpass and UHP closed the ramp to I-80 eastbound at Redwood Road as well as the southbound I-215 west ramp to I-80 southbound while the investigation was underway. It remained closed until early Friday afternoon.

Contributing: Jennifer Stagg and Shara Park

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