Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office public affairs director Aaron Sarver said the deceased were a couple who lived together at the home, but their identities have not been released.
Sarver said, “We believe the male partner shot the female partner and took his own life,” KION-TV reported.
A family member of one of the victims made the grim discovery earlier that morning.
Carolyn Camby, a neighbor, told KION-TV, “He told me that he found the boy in the car and then he went in and found her in the house.”
The family of the female victim talked with station and said they think she was killed by her boyfriend on Feb. 12 and then the boyfriend came over to their house the following day to ask if anyone heard a gunshot the night before.
At the time, he told her family that she was staying inside because of a migraine.
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Sarver did not confirm the family's claims, according to KION-TV.
“I think speculating in that manner would be premature," he said. "I think we want to see what the forensics brings back and what the medical examiner is able to determine, and, of course, autopsy and toxicology reports will give us a more definitive timeline.”
Sarver added that there is no recorded history of domestic violence between the couple.
Camby told KION-TV that the female victim has “always been a nice person” and that “she didn’t deserve it.”
A motive has not been determined, but Sarver said detectives are still making their way through evidence and investigating the case.
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