Mesa police identify couple killed in murder-suicide

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MESA, Ariz. – Mesa police have identified two people who died in what's being called a murder-suicide.

Police responded to a parking lot at Poston Junior High School Sunday morning after a resident in the neighborhood reported seeing a vehicle with someone who appeared to be injured.

Officers found the body of a man in the driver's seat and a wounded but unresponsive woman in the passenger seat. Both appeared to have gunshot wounds and a handgun was located inside the vehicle, according to police.

The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The man and woman have been identified as Jonathon Vargas, 25, and Victoria Gameros, 22. Police said they lived together in Mesa and were in a relationship for more than two years.

Police do not know what led up to the incident but said the investigation indicates Vargas was responsible for the shooting.

Police said the couple had no connection to the school other than the location of the shooting.

Statement from Victoria Gameros' parents, Daniel and Carol

Our daughter Victoria was a beautiful person inside and out. Everyone that met or knew her, knew her as a kind and giving person. She touched many people's hearts in the short time she lived. She was the oldest of our three kids. Victoria graduated from Westwood High School and started classes at Mesa Community College and eventually got a job at Wells Fargo Bank. Victoria comes from a very large family which originates from Miami, Ariz. She had a little brother Daniel and a little sister Adriana who loved their sister very much and are devastated for their sister's death. The three best things that ever came into her mother Carol's and my life. She loved her family and her friends very much as they did her. She brought out the smile in everyone. Victoria always brightened my heart and we will miss her forever and ever. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and may God be with all.

An account has been set up for her family at Wells Fargo under Carol Gameros' name.