Husband, wife found dead in basement in murder-suicide

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FLORISSANT, Mo. – A man and woman were found dead in the basement of their Florissant home Sunday evening in a suspected murder-suicide.

According to Officer Steve Michael, a spokesman for the Florissant Police Department, police were dispatched to a home in the 1500 block of Man O War Drive for a disturbance call. Once they arrived at the scene, officers contacted the neighbor who made the phone call. That person told police they heard arguing and gunshots coming from inside the home.

They also say there were children inside of the home at the time of the deadly shooting. One of them is a young boy who is friends with the neighborhood kids.

“He’s a very sweet little boy very well mannered and he will come over here and ask if my son can come out and they will go on the backyard and play, ” said Valincia Butller.


“These kids, god I hope they’ve got good support you know and good family we all hope that they can move on and have gainful lives,” said Jeffrey Davis.

Officers entered the residence and found Linda Abukanan, 40, and Mahmoud Abukanan, 43, in the same room of the basement. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, Michael said.

The woman had been shot several times and the man had suffered a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The gun was located nearby.


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