GONZALES — Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a suspected murder-suicide that took place Saturday morning in Gonzales.

At about 9:08 a.m. on Feb. 18, sheriff’s deputies responded to a physical altercation in progress in the 28000 block of Alta Street.

Two brothers — later identified as Brian Violini, 65, and Kirk Violini, 68, both residents of Gonzales — were found with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Despite deputies’ life-saving efforts, they were pronounced dead at the scene.

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division responded and began the forensic collection of evidence and analysis of the scene.

“At this time, this investigation in ongoing and no further information will released at this time,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release Monday. “The Sheriff’s Office does not believe there are any outstanding suspects related to this investigation nor does any further threat to the public exists.”

Any member of the community with information regarding the Violinis is encouraged to contact Detective Rafael Garcia at 831-755-3914 or Detective Sgt. Nicholas Kennedy at 831-755-3786 of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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