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Homicide and suicide linked to husband and wife

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police say Tuesday's suspicious death and suicide are linked to a husband and wife.

Police say 35-year-old Ambes Weldeabzgh killed his 26-year-old wife Lwam Tesfamariam at her residence in the Valley View Apartments and then killed himself in a building several blocks away.

"I went downstairs and I checked and that's when I found the person and apparently he had committed suicide and he hung himself," said resident Robert Solano.

Solano made the gruesome discovery around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of the apartment building at 24 South 13th.

"I yelled 'yo buddy, yo buddy,' and I didn't get an answer," Solano described.

Weldeabzgh is a native East African whose brother owns the apartment building he was found in. 

Police say Tuesday afternoon he killed Tesfamariam at the Valley View Apartments.

The cause of death is attributed to sharp force injuries, which indicates a stabbing and possible asphyxiation. She was found in her bed in an apartment she shares with six other adults.

Solano says Weldeabzgh's truck had been parked outside the basement since 7:30 a.m. that morning.

He says he's heard people in the basement before and the situation may cause him and his wife to move.

"My wife said about a week ago she heard a couple of people downstairs arguing, that it was a man and a woman," he described.

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