NJ couple dead in apparent murder-suicide, 15-month-old son found nearby

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CLOSTER, N.J. (PIX11/AP) -- A Closter couple are all smiles in their Facebook photos, and it was the way neighbors remember them before the two were found stabbed to death in an apparent  murder-suicide, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

The couple were identified as 27-year-old Michael Tabacchi and 41-year-old Iran Pars Tabacchi, also known as Denise. They were pronounced dead at the scene of their home at 595 High Street.

Their 15-month-old son was found nearby with no apparent injuries.

A neighbor told PIX11 News that Tabacchi's father found the couple, after being alerted by a text from his son.

The neighbor called 911. His wife, an EMT, raced over to the scene and administered CPR to the victims who were later pronounced dead at Englewood Hospital.

Neighbors were shocked by the news.

"They seemed happy. You walk by, they waved, smiled--nothing that seemed to indicate there would be anything like this,” said neighbor Myles Evans.

Yonja Bickici said she got plenty of support from Michael Tabacchi when she asked him to sign a petition to lower the speed limit in the neighborhood.

“He said ‘yes, i’m concerned for my child too and it would be a good idea.’ He just seemed like a very caring father,” Bickici said.

Tabacchi, according to facebook, was working for J.P. Morgan Chase in Manhattan.

His wife, just two months ago posted her status which reads in part: ”Everyday I leave a job I really like with people I really enjoy to spend the night with my gorgeous healthy baby boy, cat and husband … not a bad life.”

The two parents were transported to Englewood Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Molinelli said the couple both died from stab wounds, apparently caused by a knife, but he did not provide further details. He said the incident occurred around 11 p.m. Friday.

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