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Police identify couple killed in apparent Bergenfield murder-suicide

Posted at 6:20 PM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 18:20:10-04

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Police identified the husband and wife that died in an apparent murder-suicide in a Bergenfield home Saturday.

An 11-year-old boy called 911 at 10:20 a.m. and told police that his mom and dad were not breathing at their home on 268 W. Clinton Ave., Bergenfield prosecutor said in a press conference Saturday evening.

A neighbor also told PIX11 News that the son ran to a neighbor and said, "I can't wake up my mother and father."

When police arrived, they found a 36-year-old woman dead in the upstairs bedroom and a 41-year-old man dead in the basement's utility room.

The woman has been identified as Annette Torres. The man has been identified as Mark Morris. Police believe Morris died from a self-inflicted wound to the head.

The prosecutor said police are investigating the incident as a domestic violence-based murder-suicide case. It's not clear what sparked the incident.

The cause of death is still being determined.

Grief-stricken coworkers of Torres said they were too upset to talk on camera about a woman who they described as truly beautiful who loved her children so much. They were everything to her.

They said Torres worked at the nearby Dollar Tree and also had a 17-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. They said her husband had three daughters from a former marriage.

"Scary," neighbor Mary Palatty told PIX11 News. "No one really know what goes on behind closed doors."

Bergenfield residents said they are so shocked and saddened by these violent deaths.

"It's heartbreaking," neighbor Helen George said.

The 11-year-old boy was placed in the custody of child welfare officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.