A woman was found dead inside her Farmingville home by a nephew Sunday afternoon, and Suffolk police said "she was a victim of violence."

Monica Lino, 36, was discovered just after 3 p.m. inside the residence on Berkshire Drive, said Suffolk Deputy Inspector Mathew Lewis, commander of the Major Crimes Bureau.

Lino's nephew stopped by the home to see his aunt and found her body on the first floor of the house, then called 9ll, Lewis said.

Police would not say how Lino was killed or what type of weapon was used.

Sunday night, a section of Berkshire Drive between Midvale and Knollcrest avenues was closed to traffic with yellow crime-scene tape, and two Suffolk police patrol cars were parked at each entry point.

A Suffolk police mobile command post van and a crime laboratory van were parked near the Berkshire Drive home.

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The victim's body was still in the house just after 10 p.m., officials said.

Lewis said Lino had two young children who were out of town at the time of her death. They have since been notified.

There were two tenants living in a basement apartment at the residence, but they were not home at the time, Lewis said.

Both tenants have spoken with detectives.

Detectives have not named any suspects, and Lewis said police were still "in the early stages of the investigation."

With Nicole Fuller