Nigerian professor Marinos Iwuchukwu was found dead at Thorncrest Road, Wilkins Township, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, with reports claiming that he had been stabbed by his wife.
At the same location, a woman named Charce Dunn was found dead next to Iwuchukwu.
According to Allegheny County Police, the couple died around 10 a.m. following an alleged “domestic disturbance.”
The police said they received a call to check on the couple’s well-being at their home. According to witnesses, the man had been stabbed supposedly by his wife who was spotted with a gun after which she shot herself.
The police mentioned a third party who was unable to speak to the resident and learned the man had been stabbed.
A SWAT team entered the home and found a 59-year-old man and 50-year-old woman dead, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reported.
Police said both appeared to have lacerations to the skin, and the woman appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police said an investigation has been launched into the serious incident suspected of murder and suicide.
The couple have been married since 2017, according to marriage certificates reviewed by the Duke of Duquesne. Although dr Iwuchukwu filed for divorce in 2020 and the split is far from over, the agency reported.
Iwuchukwu, Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and MA in Journalism from Marquette University, hails from Nigeria.
In response to the development, Duquesne Catholic University, where Iwuchukwu was an associate professor of theology until his death, sympathized with the late scholar’s family and friends.
The school confirmed that he was an associate professor of theology at Duquesne. He has been working there since 2008 with a focus on interreligious dialogue, inclusive religious pluralism, media and religion. He was also the author and editor of several books.
“This is a tragedy for all involved, and our thoughts and prayers are with Professor Iwochukwu’s colleagues, students, friends and family,” university spokesman Gabriel Welch said in a statement.