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Couple in pair of deaths recalled as in ‘loving relationship’

The daughter of a victim in an apparent Worcester murder-suicide remembered her mother Sunday as a lover of salsa dancing and of dogs, and that she appeared to be in a good relationship.

Jenn Zollo, 19, identified her mother, Donna Zollo, 47, as one of the two victims.

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Although Worcester police declined to provide information about the case Sunday, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette identified the other victim as Israel Gonzalez, 42, of Worcester. Police have not said who fired the shots.

Police found the two dead of gunshot wounds in a Lamar Avenue home on Friday night. A friend of the woman’s had told police she had not heard from her for several days and was worried.

Officers entered through an unlocked side door and found the bodies.

Jenn Zollo said Sunday that her mother was a Worcester native whose own mother, Marie Zollo, died of lung cancer less than two weeks ago.

Donna Zollo met Gonzalez at a Chinese restaurant about two years ago, and the two started dating.

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“It was a pretty loving relationship,” Jenn Zollo said.

Zollo’s funeral arrangements had not yet been made Sunday afternoon.

Israel “Izzy” Gonzalez had been a Worcester State University police officer for 11 years, university spokesman Carl A. Herrin said, describing him as “a model employee.”

Counseling will be available to university employees Monday, Herrin said.

University police officers have been carrying firearms since 2007, Herrin said, but they are not allowed to bring them home or take them off-campus without special permission.

Gonzalez’s departmentissued firearm was secure on campus Friday night, Herrin said.

The university had not arranged for any memorial service for Gonzales.

“We’re waiting for information and indication from the family on how they want to proceed on that,” Herrin said.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.
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