After police found the body of an Italian man in a street outside his home in Aeje, on Tenerife in the Canary Islands last Friday night, they went to his second-floor apartment to inform his Belgian wife, only to find her and their two children dead. Police said both the bodies of the children, aged two and six, and that of the mother, aged 43, showed clear signs of violence. The Guardia Civil is working on the hypothesis that the 48-year-old man threw himself off the balcony after killing his family. Domestic violence has claimed at least one victim a week so far this year with the added twist that whole families are now being killed by men who then commit suicide.


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