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Cops: Oceanside couple in murder-suicide

The bodies of a couple have been found in an Oceanside condo complex in what authorities say is a murder-suicide, Nassau police said.

A neighbor notified police about 6 p.m. Monday of the discovery at a condo on Nicole Court, police said. Homicide detectives were at the scene, and Insp. Kenneth Lack, a police spokesman, said it was a murder-suicide. Other details were not immediately available.

Neighbor Gil Balanoff said the couple -- a retired architect-engineer who loved fishing, and his wife, an avid tennis player -- had lived for more than 25 years at Brower Oakview Condominium, a complex of about 45 town homes.

"They were nice people," Balanoff said. "They used to have parties at their house, and they had plenty of friends. I can't imagine why this occurred."

He said he had spoken to them a couple of weeks ago and neither showed signs of distress.

Online records indicate the husband was 73 and his wife 63.

They both had medical problems, but seemed "upbeat" and "happy," Balanoff said.

He said he came home last evening to police cars, yellow tape cordoning off the couple's town house, and his neighbors talking about how the bodies were discovered.

"There were some friends who had come by to check on her," Balanoff said. When one of the friends shouted "Oh my God," the couple's next-door neighbor came out, then called police, Balanoff said.

He said the couple had two cats, and last night, police were trying to find someone who could take care of the pets temporarily. Police were still at the scene late last night.

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