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The bodies of a married couple were discovered at a home next to St George's Cricket Club yesterday.

While police wouldn't reveal their names, neighbours and friends confirmed they were Myron Anthony Robinson, aged 49, and Regina Robinson, aged 48, of Wellington Slip Road.

Mr Robinson is believed to have worked at Marine and Ports.

Acting Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said the couple were found at 2.25pm.

He added that they appeared to have suffered from injuries that caused their deaths but gave no further details.

A police source told The Royal Gazette that officers were investigating the possibility of a murder followed by a suicide.

But a police spokesman told reporters at the scene that it was “too early” in the inquiry to give many details.

The spokesman said: “Police received a report of the lifeless bodies of a man and a woman found in a dwelling off of Wellington Slip Road — that's right behind St George's Cricket Club.

“As you can imagine, we have officers from the Forensic Support Unit and Serious Crime on the scene. It's an active scene. We are asking for people, obviously, not to come to the area at this time as it's an active police environment. It's too early to give out any more details. We are processing the environment as we speak.”

Acting Supt Pedro said police had responded to a report at 32 Wellington Slip Road. The incident had clearly come as a deep shock to the neighbourhood.

A resident said: “They were a good couple, always having fun, very sociable, hospitable, nice people.

“I was having a couple of cocktails with him yesterday. He didn't seem like he was in any way distraught.

“I've known her all my life. They've been living up there a long time. There's nothing bad you could say about any of them.

“It's a quiet area — we don't lock doors around here.”

He said he hadn't heard a disturbance or sounds of violence yesterday.

“I was right here all day. I saw a taxi come up, then a van, and then a paddy wagon was parking in my yard. I haven't heard anything else.”

Another neighbour who was also at home said: “It's a shock — it's just unreal.”

Premier Craig Cannonier said last night: “I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy that took place in St George's today.

“This hits close to home as this tragic event occurred in my neighbourhood. I know that the Bermuda Police Service is working diligently to establish the facts of what transpired.

“I know all of Bermuda will join me in offering our support and prayers to the family members and friends of the deceased at this extremely difficult time.”

St George's West MP Nandi Outerbridge added: “I was stunned and saddened to learn of this tragedy this afternoon. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families and my thoughts and prayers go out to them during this extremely difficult time.”

“A terrible tragedy,” said Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley.

“St George's is a close-knit community and so I know that this loss will be felt by the residents of the area in particular.

“At this stage in the investigation I wish to assure the community that I am confident that the police will do their jobs sensitively and professionally. Let us keep the family of this couple in our thoughts and prayers as they come to terms with these tragic events.”

Shadow Minister National Security Michael Scott said in a statement: “On behalf of my colleagues in the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party, I would like to extend condolences to the families of the couple who deceased today at their Wellington Slip Road residence.

“I offer my thoughts and prayers to the community of Wellington St George's as St Georgians come to terms with this serious and tragic incident in their midst.

“I would also like to thank the Bermuda Police Service for assisting with the investigation and with the families during this tragic time.”

Acting Governor Ginny Ferson said: “I am saddened to hear of the tragic events which took place in St George's today.

“It would not be right for me to speculate on the causes or go into the details of the deaths but experts from the Bermuda Police Service are working to establish the circumstances. Our thoughts are with relatives and friends and all those affected by this incident.”

The tragedy elicited condolences last night from legislators in the House of Assembly, bringing about an early 8.50pm close to the session.

Calling for prayer and reflection, Mr Dunkley signalled the Motion to Adjourn — telling MPs the Premier had gone out to the neighbourhood to console residents.

The deaths of Myron Anthony Robinson and Regina Robinson has caused deep shock in the St George's neighbourhood where they lived. Condolonces have been paid by people who knew the couple, as well as Acting Governor Ginny Ferson and Premier Craig Cannonier.
File photo by Tamell Simmons Myron Anthony Robinson, middle, is seen after receiving a Marine and Ports long-service award honour in 2006.
Police and forensic support officesr at a scene of the double death in Wellington Slip Road, St George, yesterday.
Police officers stand watch at Wellington Slip Road, St George, yesterday. The community has been left in shock by the deaths of Myron Anthony Robinson and Regina Robinson.

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Published March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 11, 2014 at 12:04 am)

Community shocked by couple’s death

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