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UPDATE: Roanoke police identify suspect in murder-suicide

Authorities are on the scene of a murder-suicide in the 1600 block of Salem Avenue in Roanoke.

October 29, 2012|WDBJ7 Web Staff

ROANOKE, Va. — The Roanoke Police Department has identified the man who they say killed a woman before killing himself.

Investigators say 54-year-old Reginald Smith of Roanoke killed 53-year-old Rebecca Dennis on Thursday in Roanoke.

When police arrived at the Salem Avenue home, Smith began stabbing himself with a box cutter. He died after being taken to the hospital.


Story from Oct. 26

A woman killed in a murder-suicide Thursday in Roanoke has been identified by the Roanoke Police Department.

53-year-old Rebecca Marie Dennis of Roanoke was found dead inside of a home in the 1600 block of Salem Avenue.

Police say she was killed by a man, who later took his own life. He has not been identified by police.


Dennis was found inside of a bedroom with several cuts and a belt around her neck.

Police were called to the home because family members said Dennis had not been opening her door, and she was in a past abusive relationship.

When officers got into the home, they found Dennis’ body and a man inside with a box cutter. The man began stabbing himself with a box cutter, investigators say.

He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m. Dennis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say the incident was domestic in nature.


Original story from Oct. 25

Police are investigating a murder-suicide in Roanoke. 

A spokesperson told WDBJ7 that a man stabbed a woman in the 1600 block of Salem Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

When they arrived on scene the woman was laying inside the house, and the man was inside of a bathroom with a box cutter. 

After a short standoff, the man put the weapon down and was taken to the hospital with self-inflicted injuries. 

He died at the hospital. 

Police are not saying if the two are related, and no names have been released. 


Authorities are on the scene of a possible murder in the 1600 block of Salem Avenue in Roanoke.

WDBJ7 has a crew on the scene and we will bring you more details as we get them.

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