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Bodies of a man and woman found dead with gunshot wounds at a property in Benalmádena

Bodies of a man and woman found dead with gunshot wounds at a property in Benalmádena

Police are investigating whether the man, aged 63, killed his wife (52) with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself

Tuesday, 10 October 2023


National Police officers on the Costa del Sol found the bodies of a man and a woman in a house in Benalmádena on Tuesday afternoon this week. According to sources, the woman had been shot several times, while the man had a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers reportedly found a shotgun near his body.

The incident was reported at around 5pm, and several police units and 061 paramedics were sent to the house located in the Torrequebrada area. Apparently, it was the neighbours who raised the alarm after hearing several gunshots.

When police and health workers arrived at the property, nothing could be done to save the lives of the pair.

The authorities, apparently, found the body of 52-year-old Paqui, a cleaner at the Sunset Beach Club hotel, in the living room with several gunshot wounds. The 63-year-old man was found in the bedroom with a wound to the chest. Police found the weapon supposedly used in the crime near his body. The theory that investigators are considering is that the man first killed his wife with the shotgun and then took his own life with the same weapon. According to sources, thy were a Spanish couple with three children aged 21, 20 and 17. Apparently the teenager had lunch with his parents and left the house to go out. When he returned they were both were dead.

Today, Wednesday 11 October, Spain's Ministry of Equality confirmed it was a gender-based crime, making it the fourth recorded in Malaga province this year. Neither the neighbours nor the woman’s colleagues suspected that she could be a victim of this scourge. There were also no previous complaints of mistreatment.

Of the gender-based murders confirmed in 2023 in Malaga province all were on the Costa del Sol. Natalia was murdered by her ex-boyfriend – who confessed to the crime after her head and hand-less body was found floating in the sea off a Marbella beach in January. Paula, 28, was stabbed to death by her ex-partner in Torremolinos in May. And Carmen lost her life in July after allegedly receiving a severe blow to the head from her husband.

Paula, had been the mother of three children, the youngest of them with her alleged killer, Marcos G. While he was being investigated for that he confessed to the killing of Sibora Gagani, a 22-year-old Italian-Albanian who was last seen in 2014, and whose body was found hidden behind a wall of a flat this summer.

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