MARLBOROUGH, MA – A tragic murder-suicide occurred in Marlborough, Massachusetts, resulting in the deaths of a man and a woman. The disturbing incident took place last Wednesday, leaving the tight-knit community in shock. The male suspect, identified as Marlon Moreira Costa, allegedly shot his 28-year-old girlfriend, Kethlen Paula Alves Trindade DaRocha, before taking his own life.
Over the course of two days, the events that led up to the fatal outcome unfolded. DaRocha was said to have been threatened by Costa after the couple engaged in a heated argument Tuesday night. The situation escalated further on Wednesday morning when DaRocha returned home and was once again subjected to threats by Costa, who ultimately shot her and then turned the gun on himself.
Early Wednesday morning, Marlborough Police swiftly responded to a shooting report at Rice Street. Upon arrival, they encountered two women and a child outside the residence, who informed them that their roommate, DaRocha, had been shot. Entering the house, officers discovered the lifeless bodies of DaRocha and Costa, both having sustained gunshot wounds.
Junior Dantas, a friend of the victim, stated, “They were arguing last night, then they were arguing this morning.” DaRocha, originally from Brazil, did not have any known family in Massachusetts.
Law enforcement officials have launched an ongoing investigation into the tragic murder-suicide, aiming to discern the motive behind the crime. At present, no further information is available regarding the incident’s motive or any additional evidence discovered at the scene.
In other correlated news:
Man On House Arrest Commits Murder-Suicide; Release Tied to Child Sexual Assault Case
In a devastating turn of events, a man who was on house arrest has carried out a murder-suicide, resulting in the deaths of a woman and two children. The disturbing revelation comes after it was discovered that the man, identified as Marvin Patterson, was facing charges related to a child sexual assault case. Patterson had been accused of multiple counts of lewdness with a child and sexual assault against a minor. The tragic incident took place at an apartment complex in Las Vegas, with authorities still investigating the motive behind the horrifying act.
According to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, one of the victims killed in the murder-suicide may have also been a victim in the child sexual assault case involving Patterson. The bodies of the man, woman, and two children were found inside the apartment, while another injured child was rushed to the hospital. The shooter was identified as Patterson, who had been released on house arrest in 2022 despite strong objections from the prosecution.
Patterson’s initial bail of $100,000 was later reduced to $10,000, leading to his release. Judge Diana Sullivan stipulated that Patterson was not to have any contact with children under 18. However, the tragedy raises questions about the decision to grant him house arrest. The case against Patterson involved four victims who testified to his inappropriate behavior and two victims alleging attempted rape.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident and whether there were any previous reports of domestic violence at the apartment. As more information becomes available, the tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the need for thorough evaluation and consideration in cases involving potential dangers to the community.