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PAPD: Man suspected of wife's murder commits suicide

KFDM News learned that a 47-year-old man who was considered a suspect in his wife's murder committed suicide Thursday morning, according to Port Arthur Police Sergeant Scott Gaspard.

PAPD said they were called to Wallis Mendoza Gervacio's house at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Ninth Street in reference to a possible suicide. 

Family members went to check on him and found that he had hung himself, Gaspard said.

When officers arrived at the scene they found him dead and investigators determined that he had committed suicide and PAPD said no foul play was suspected.

A preliminary autopsy report showed that the death of 27-year-old Milka Talavera, Mendoza Gervacio's wife, on May 16th was a homicide.

Mendoza Gervacio had said that he believed his wife shot herself and that he didn't do it.

"Good mother, good wife," Mendoza Gervacio had said about his wife in a previous interview with KFDM. One day after her death, he sat in her SUV, parked in their driveway. "Listen to music, my pain go away," he said.

Officers said they found Talavera in her bed holding a gun that belonged to her husband of ten years and that she was dead from a gunshot wound to her head.

"The way it was tangled up with her fingers we do not believe that had she had fired it that it would have wound up that way," Gaspard said in a previous interview with KFDM.

Mendoza Gervacio and Talavera were parents to three children who remain in the custody of Child Protective Services at an undisclosed location for their safety.

Police are waiting on lab results in the case.


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