Murder/Suicide Suspected

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By Linda Cicoira — Two people who were found dead at a house near Parksley Monday “appear” to have been killed in a murder/suicide, Accomack Sheriff Todd Godwin announced late Wednesday. “A final disposition is pending the medical examiner’s report and the results of additional lab examinations,” he said.

The deceased were identified as Juan Benjamin Lopez Mazariegos, 58, and Irma Orfilia Castellanos Laparra, 52. Initially, a press release provided different names for the victims and it was reported the male was 48. 

Godwin said an autopsy “determined that Laparra died from apparent stab wounds and Mazariegos died from self-inflicted stab wounds.” 

The bodies were found at 2:35 a.m., Monday, May 6, on the living room floor of a house at 19227 Lankford Highway, which is just behind the former Crockett Art Gallery and another house where a man was shot to death at a party several years ago. 

Accomack deputies found Laparra and Mazariegos after Godwin’s office was notified of the incident.

The sheriff’s office was assisted in its investigation by the state police. The investigation is continuing, Godwin said. Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666. Tips may also be submitted through Godwin’s website at

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