A man stabbed his girlfriend to death before turning the knife on himself at a SWAT standoff at a home in Hialeah late Sunday, family members said.
The SWAT team responded after a man reportedly barricaded himself inside a home in the 600 block of E. 63rd Street shortly after 8 p.m., Hialeah Police said.
Police said SWAT officers discovered the bodies of 40-year-old Julian Ovalle and 31-year-old Rossana Sabater as soon as they entered the home.
Police and family members both said the cause of the couple's domestic dispute was unknown.
"I don't know, I can't explain this," said Sabater's great uncle, Sebastian Acosta. "He killed her with a knife, her throat."
Police also said there was evidence of a fire that was set or started during the dispute.
Acosta said Sabater left behind three children ages 4 to 15. Two of those children were Ovalle's and another was from Sabater's previous relationship, according to police.
No further information was immediately available.
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