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Ridgewood couple slain in apartment

No arrests have been made as of yet

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:00 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

Nearly a week after a young Ridgewood couple was gunned down in their apartment, police are still searching for their killer.

The bodies of Louis Oscar Padilla-Lopez, 22, and his girlfriend, Natalie Mejia-Tavares, 21, were discovered by a female relative of Mejia-Tavares shortly after they were murdered in their 18-15 Summerfield Street around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday.

Mejia-Tavares suffered a gunshot wound to her torso while Padilla-Lopez died after being shot in the head.

According to police, no weapons were recovered at the scene and the motive behind the killings is still under investigation.

It was unclear whether the crime was a murder-suicide and if anyone else was inside the home at the time of the incident.

Padilla-Lopez was not without his own legal issues, as a police source confirmed he had three prior arrests, all within the last two years.

In July 2012, he was arrested for criminal mischief. Padilla-Lopez was also arrested that December for possession of a controlled substance. Lastly, he was nabbed in Hempstead, LI last October on charges of DWI and obstructing government administration.

Published reports indicate the case against Padilla-Lopez in Nassau County was still pending at the time of his death.

Reports have also hinted the murders appeared to be drug related, but according to police, everything is still under investigation.

The murders of Padilla-Lopez and Mejia-Tavares are the second and third homicides within the confines of the 104th Precinct in 2014, tying 2013’s homicide total for the entire year.

However, 104th Precinct Captain Christopher Manson believes Emilliano Llames, who was found stabbed to death on Cypress Hill Street in Glendale in January, was murdered in Brooklyn and dumped in Queens.

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