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Police: Local Physician Killed Wife Before Shooting Himself

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Autopsy results have been released in the death of Rudolph and Stephanie Fajardo showing the couple died as a result of gunshot wounds.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Autopsy results have been released in the death of Rudolph and Stephanie Fajardo showing the couple died as a result of gunshot wounds.

According to Springfield Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Cox, initial indications from the crime scene and a follow-up investigation show that Rudoph Fajardo shot and killed Stephanie Fajardo before taking his own life.

The investigation is ongoing until a final determination is made.

Based on the investigation information, no suspects are being sough and there is no indication of a threat or danger to others in the community.

A final determination of the cause and manner of the deaths will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office at a later date, says Cox.

According to Cox, a little after 5:37 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, Springfield police responded to 2100 E. Norshire to check on the well-being of two individuals after a call from a child in the home.

When police arrived, the bodies of the couple were discovered in a bedroom.  The seven-year-old who made the call, and three other children ages six, three, and one, were also found in the home.

None of the children were physically injured.

According to CoxHealth, Rudolph Fajardo had been employed as a physician at CoxHealth since July 2008. CoxHealth adds that, during his time at CoxHealth, Dr. Fajardo was a respected physician.

"We are shocked and saddened by these tragic events," says Stacy Fender, the media relations coordinator at CoxHealth, in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone affected."

According to Fender, a fund has been established through the CoxHealth Foundation in support of the Fajardo children.  Donations can be made at coxhealthfoundation.com or by calling 417-269-7150.

More details of the investigation will be released as soon as they become available.
 
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