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UPDATE: Police release names of apparent murder-suicide

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Cedar Rapids Police Sherry Haferbecker and her husband Mitchell Haferbecker are the individuals found dead inside their residence on Memorial Drive SE on Tuesday morning.

Police were notified after Sherry did not arrive to work at Prairie Hill Elementary.

Additionally, police say the School Resource Officer advised that Mitchell Haferbecker, her husband, had been placed on administrative leave from College Community Schools.

The early stages of the investigation determined that 45-year-old Mitchell Haferbecker used a handgun to shoot his wife, 44-year-old Sherry Haferbecker, inside the couple's home.

Police say Mitchell then used the handgun to kill himself.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

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Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids police responded to a call at 731 Memorial Drive SE, Tuesday morning just after 8 a.m.

"Saw police bring out a couple gurneys, brought them in and brought them out," said Mike Hardin. "I know the people, just saying hi. They're very friendly, maybe late 40s early 50s."

Hardin lives just across the street from the home where police found the bodies of a man and woman who say died of gunshot wounds.

Police tell us they got multiple 9-1-1 calls from the home including a hang-up call, around 4 a.m.

Just a short time later, dispatchers got another call from a man on a cell phone.

That person gave the address of the Memorial Drive home and then hung up.

Hours later, officers eventually made it to the home and after no one answered the door, they made their way inside and discovered the two bodies.

Based on their preliminary investigations, police do believe it's a murder suicide, but the department will officially confirm that pending the Medical Examiners report and findings.

"A couple [neighbors] told me that they saw them bring out a shotgun," said Hardin.

He says the couple had been living in the neighborhood for about five years.

Hardin says he just saw the woman living at home walking her dog just the other day, and would never suspect anything like this to happen.

"Very nice people. always walking their dog, a couple times a day," said Hardin. "Just always wave and say hi when I'm out doing yard work."

The names and ages of the shooting victims will not be released until family members have been notified.

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