Police identify victims in apparent murder-suicide

Vicky Sonevong (Submitted photo)

Providence police on Friday identified a man and a woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide.

The bodies were found Thursday afternoon in a home at 208 Jewett St.

Police said 30-year-old Steve Soundara shot and killed his former girlfriend, 24-year-old Vicky Sonevong, before shooting himself to death.

The couple had two children together, a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.

Police said the boy saw the gun and alerted his grandmother.

Police said they were never notified of any history of violence between the couple, however, Sonevong’s parents told NBC 10 News Soundara hit her in the past.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence issued a press release following Sonevong’s death, noting that while domestic violence murder is rarely an isolated incident, it is often the final act in a pattern of abuse that escalates over time.

“Domestic violence occurs every day, in every Rhode Island city and town, and because we cannot hold the batterer accountable in domestic violence murder-suicide cases, we must hold ourselves accountable as a community,” the release noted.

In the statement, they also called on legislators to enforce stricter gun laws.

“This tragedy is a stark reminder of why we must continue to advocate for common sense gun safety measures, including the firearms safety bills that have been introduced at the Rhode Island General Assembly this legislative session,” according to the release. “We urge our elected officials to take critical action to save lives.”

Meanwhile, the two children are now in the care of family members.

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