Deaths of Goodyear couple at Luke AFB ruled murder-suicide

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Glendale police investigators have determined a Goodyear man fatally stabbed his wife and then himself inside a postal facility at Luke Air Force Base.

Glendale police said the bodies of Gaudioso Gamilla, 62, and his 61-year-old wife, Vilma, were discovered Sunday inside a locked post office on the base.

According to police, the husband was a contract employee at Luke Air Force Base and had access to facilities on base property. Police believe the couple went onto the property sometime Sunday and died within a building that houses the post office.

Base spokeswoman Capt. Carla Gleason said there was no breach of security.

The area where the bodies were found was closed and locked. A knife was found at the scene.

A pair of security officers discovered the bodies after police in Goodyear received a report regarding a missing person and requested a check of the base.

Investigators said the incident did not happen in the public access area of the post office, but rather in the separate, military section inside the building.

Luke Air Force Base is a major training center for the Air Education and Training Command. With some 200 F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to it, Luke AFB is the biggest and only active-duty F-16 training base in the world. It is home to the 56th Fighter Wing.