COQUITLAM It was what neighbours on Cottonwood Avenue had feared before it became official from police.
The couple killed in a house fire on the 1100-block last Monday night was a result of a murder-suicide.
According to a tweet from the Lower Mainlands Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), the autopsy on the couple from the home is complete.
The names of the two dead were released as Benyoucef and Agnes Assen.
IHIT said Benyoucef murdered Agnes before lighting the fire.
No other details were provided.
Coquitlam Fire & Rescue were originally called to the Cottonwood home before midnight July 8 to the report of a structure fire. That's when crews found the bodies of a man and a woman inside. By Tuesday morning, the IHIT had been called in to assist in the investigation.
Though RCMP werent speculating whether a murder had actually taken place at the time, neighbours who spoke to The Tri-Cities NOW told a story of a family in tatters.
According to neighbours, a family of five had apparently been living in the home since 1999.
Inside lived the couple with three kids, the eldest, a daughter, was said to be in Regina for RCMP training, while two younger boys were described as being in their late teens or early 20s. The house was also home to a French daycare run by the mom.
But neighbours heard the woman had filed for divorce a few months ago, and the husband and two of the kids were living in a separate home nearby.
Several residents in the area said the husband appeared to take the split hard.
The house had recently been sold.
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