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Warwick police investigating double murder-suicide

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WARWICK, R.I. - A makeshift memorial of candles, flowers, and a few balloons began to take shape on Sunday as people came to pay their respects at the site of what police are calling a double murder-suicide.

Police say they responded to 75 Kenway Avenue around 5 a.m. Saturday morning after a 12 year-old called police and told them that he and his brother woke up after hearing loud noises and commotion downstairs.

The two escaped the home by climbing through a window and one brother ran next door to tell the neighbors what happened. The other boy stayed on the roof until he was found by police.

According to police, a preliminary investigation revealed that John Oliveira, 45, of West Warwick, came to the home around 5 a.m. and shot the boys' mother, Carla Bowen, 47, of Warwick, multiple times. Bowen died in her home.

Oliveira was Bowen's ex boyfriend.

Police say after shooting his ex-girlfriend, Oliveira then shot Christopher Butler, 52, of Warwick multiple times. Butler also died at the scene. It is not yet clear what Butler's relation to the shooter was.

After shooting his ex-girlfriend and Christopher Butler, Oliveira then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Police are continuing to investigate. ABC6 News will have more on this story as new details are uncovered.

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