Name released of man involved in apparent murder-suicide; Gun found under body

Man ID'd as Mark Edward Espinosa, 48; Victim ID'd as Linda Vela, 46

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SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: The name of a man involved in what San Antonio police are investigating as a murder-suicide at a Northwest Side home was released Friday morning by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.

Mark Edward Espinosa, 48, was found dead along with 46-year-old Linda Ann Vela on Wednesday inside a home in the 5000 block of Sunset Glade in the Medical Center. Vela's name was released Thursday.

The medical examiner said Espinosa's manner of death was suicide and Vela's manner of death was homicide.

A gun was found under Espinosa's body. Both were found upstairs with gunshot wounds to their heads. 

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Police said two boys, 10 and 14, believed to be Vela's sons were home when it happened, but did not check anything out until Wednesday morning.

Relatives and friends said the relationship between Vela and Espinosa was contentious and Vela had made Espinosa move out of the home, but allowed him to return and stay for the holidays.

Police investigators said a 20-year-old sibling will take care of the younger children.


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