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Police that arrived Sunday at the apartment of a 50-year-old man who was found hanged in his office in Tirat Hacarmel discovered that the man's wife, 48, had been stabbed to death. The couple was later identified as Nissim and Kochava Tayer.
A knife, which appeared to be the murder weapon, was found next to the woman's body. Police suspect that the husband stabbed his wife, and later fled to his place of work, where he took his own life.
The couple, parents of three grown children, were reported to be in the middle of divorce proceedings. The family had been in the care of local welfare agencies, Israel Radio reported.
The incident occurred only a week after two murder suicides in the South. Last Friday, Kobi and Aya Elmakayis were discovered in the bedroom of their new house in the early morning hours, both suffering from severe gunshot wounds to the head and upper body. Both were taken to the advanced trauma facilities at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, where Aya, 38, succumbed to her wounds shortly after.
A similar tragedy occured in Ashdod late Thursday night, when, police believe, a 33-year-old man stabbed his 36- year-old wife and her mother to death and then tried to kill himself.
Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report.