Authorities Identify Suspect in Framingham Murder-Suicide

The bodies of Michelle Batista, 31, and Allen Murphy, 27, were found inside their 154 Second St. apartment by first responders conducting a welfare check Wednesday.

Authorities on Friday released the identity of the suspected shooter in an apparent murder-suicide discovered in Framingham this week.

The bodies of Michelle Batista, 31, and Allen Murphy, 27, were found inside their Second Street apartment by first responders conducting a welfare check Wednesday.

A medical examiner ruled that Batista’s cause of death was a homicide and that Murphy committed suicide.

The two were in a romantic relationship, according to a statement from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

“This case demonstrates how abuse in an intimate partner relationship can escalate,’’ District Attorney Marian Ryan wrote in a statement. “We encourage anyone experiencing domestic violence to reach out to a local domestic violence program which can offer counseling, support, and advocacy services.’’

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