Blood dripping from the ceiling reveals apparent murder-suicide, police say

The police said that they have a few body after a downstairs neighbor noticed blood dripping from the ceiling.


A neighbor’s frantic call after seeing blood seeping through the ceiling of the unit above the uncovered the apparent murder-suicide of an older couple.

Margate police said Monday authorities were called to the apartment around 4:30 pm Sunday after the downstairs tenant told the maintenance worker about a red substance seeping through her ceiling. Bump up to the apartment went unanswered, and authorities were called.

In the apartment police found the bodies of the 84-year-old Nicholas Mantzouranis and his 66-year-old woman, Sally Mantzaouranis, each with a gunshot wound to the head.

Sally Mantzouranis was found in her bed, while her husband sprawled out on the ground with a gun nearby, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Police believe Nicholas Mantzaouranis killed his wife before using the gun on himself.

“The detectives are still investigating this incident, but believe that there is no danger to the public at this time,” Margate police Lt. Joseph Galaska told reporters Monday.

Another neighbor, who was not identified by the Sun Sentinel, told the newspaper that, when the shots were fired, a round went by his apartment. However, he didn’t know until the police came Sunday as he was out of the apartment the night before.

The neighbor said it was his understanding of various neighbors called the police to report the sound of gun shots.

The investigators urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Margate Police Department at 954-972-7111.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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