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Akranes “In Shock”

Akranes.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The priest of Akranes says the local community is in shock after the police yesterday found a couple dead in their apartment. A memorial was held this morning at the school where the woman worked.

A man in his sixties and a woman in her fifties were found dead in an apartment in a block in Akranes at around midday yesterday. They were a married couple, RÚV reports.

They have since been named publicly as Guðmundur Valur Óskarsson and Nadezda Edda Tarasova.

Police believe that the man shot his wife to death before taking his own life.

The woman, who was Russian, had worked at Grundaskóli school in Akranes for around a decade. The school’s students were sent home yesterday after news of the deaths came out. School staff were counseled by a team of professionals from the local medical center.

Headmistress at Grundaskóli, Hrönn Ríkharðsdóttir, would not give any media interviews today, but did tell RÚV that the school tried to contact the woman when she did not appear for work at 09.00. After several attempts to contact her on her landline and mobile phone failed, it was decided to inform the police. The head teacher says she does not remember exactly what time she called the police, but says her staff and students are extremely shaken by the news.

Chief of police in Akranes, Jón Ólason, told reporters that the case is under investigation. Initial indications are that the deaths occurred on Tuesday night, but there were no reports of gunfire.

Despite this, local police called upon backup from the armed Viking Squad, who broke into the flat and found the couple dead. Asked why he called for armed back-up, despite there having been no reports of gunfire, Jón answered that police had credible information that something was definitely not right.

It is not believed the man had a criminal record or history of police involvement.

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