The deaths of an Irving police officer and his wife are being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.
The bodies of 36-year-old Pablo Colonvega and his wife Makasha, 34, were found Sunday by relatives. Colonvega was an Irving policeman who was on leave while serving at a reservist in the U.S. military. Colonvega's wife has been shot multiple times, investigators said.
The Irving police said Monday that Colonvega received two commendations while with the department, one for his actions during the arrest of in-progress-burglary suspects and the second for his action during the arrest of theft suspects.
In a news release, the Irving police said, "The news of Sunday’s events has brought great sadness to our hearts for such a tragic and senseless loss. Out most sincere thoughts and sympathy go out to the families of the Colonvegas, and we ask that you join us in keeping them in our prayers."
The couple had two children that were unharmed and neighbors said they can't imagine the trauma caused by losing both parents on the same day.
"Pablo was a cop in Irving, and his wife, I think, was on her second PhD. to be a doctor. They have two little twins," said neighbor Courtney Hoskins. "They were really good people, good neighbors. I don't know. I just can't believe it."
Hoskins lived next door to the couple for three years.
Another neighbor, Shannon Snowden said the couple's deaths were devastating.
Those who lived near the family said they always seemed happy and that the twins would often play with neighbor's children. Just a few days ago, Hoskins remembers seeing the couple learning to salsa dance in their garage.
"It was cool. It was really neat, and you could tell they were having a good time," said Hoskins.