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Couple shot dead in Ridgewood: Cops

By Christina Santucci and Sarina Trangle

Police have identified suspects in the double Ridgewood slaying last week, but have not made any arrests, the NYPD said.

The Police Department would not disclose more details about suspects in the gunning down of a young couple in their apartment, on Summerfield Street near the corner of Seneca Avenue.

The NYPD said it was called to the scene around 6:30 p.m. March 27, where officers said they found Natalie Mejia-Tavares, 21, shot in the torso and Louis Oscar Padilla-Lopez, 21, shot in the head.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

As of Tuesday evening, police had not recovered a weapon or detected any signs of forced entry at the apartment building.

Padilla-Lopez had previously been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated and criminal mischief, according to the NYPD.

Few neighbors seemed to know the pair and many thought they were new to the community.

Joseph Wilfinger, who has lived in the building where the shooting occurred for more than 45 years, said the slayings came as a shock.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Wilfinger, who did not know the couple. “I feel sorry for them. I’ve been saying some prayers for them.”

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at timesledgerphotos@gmail.com by phone at 718-260-4589.

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