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Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in North Oakland

| Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 2:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh police officers load evidence Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, into a vehicle on North Craig Street, where two bodies were found in an apartment building.
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Pittsburgh police officers load evidence Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, into a vehicle on North Craig Street, where two bodies were found in an apartment building.
Pittsburgh police officers load evidence Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, into a police vehicle on North Craig Street, where two bodies were found in an apartment building.
Andrew Russell | Trib Total Media
Pittsburgh police officers load evidence Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, into a police vehicle on North Craig Street, where two bodies were found in an apartment building.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a 2-week-old infant brought to UPMC Children's Hospital on Friday morning, July 6, 2018. County police do not consider the death suspicious.
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The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a 2-week-old infant brought to UPMC Children's Hospital on Friday morning, July 6, 2018. County police do not consider the death suspicious.
A Pittsburgh police officer walks into the apartment building on North Craig Street, where two bodies were found Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
Andrew Russell | Trib Total Media
A Pittsburgh police officer walks into the apartment building on North Craig Street, where two bodies were found Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

A man and woman were found dead in a North Oakland apartment Thursday afternoon of an apparent murder-suicide, Pittsburgh police Cmdr. RaShall Brackney said.

“The female was the apparent victim of a murder. ... And we believe the male subject committed suicide,” she said.

The woman, 26, was a Carnegie Mellon University student of Asian descent, a supervisor with the Alle­gheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. The man, 29, also was of Asian descent. It is not known whether he was a student. Their names have not been released pending notification of relatives.

Police found them inside a second-floor apartment in the Sherwood Towers Apartments & Offices highrise on North Craig Street.

“It was a small apartment, and they were located in close proximity to each other,” Brackney said.

They died of apparent gunshots, she said.

Allegheny County dispatch supervisors said the initial call for police came just before 1:45 p.m. Brackney said the building's property manager asked for officers to check on the well-being of the woman. A friend said she “had not been seen for a few days.”

Brackney said it is unclear when the two were last seen or when they died. Homicide detectives are still interviewing neighbors to determine whether anyone heard gunshots or any indication of an argument or struggle.

Emma Schanzenbach, 20, a biology student at the University of Pittsburgh, lives across the street from the Sherwood Towers. When she stepped outside her apartment, she saw a crush of patrol cars parked in front of the nine-floor brick building.

“I'm surprised,” she said when she learned what happened. “The crime rate here is so low.”

The crime scene is within walking distance of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon police spent several hours at the apartment with homicide detectives.

A dental office and psychiatry practice are on the ground floor of Sherwood Towers. A call to the Towers' business office went unanswered.

Michael Hasch and Tony Rapp are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Hasch can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com. Raap can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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