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New Bedford deaths were murder-suicide, DA says

NEW BEDFORD — Shortly before noon today a group of friends of Sharif Goode laid flowers and candles outside the gray three-decker where authorities Wednesday found the body of the 22-year-old man and that of his girlfriend, Mabilia Maranhao.

One young woman fought back tears as she laid rosary beads at the memorial and made a sign of the cross. She said Goode was a good person who “didn’t deserve to die like this.”

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Friends said he worked as a landscaper and had grown up in New Bedford, but declined to speak in detail about him. Another friend, who would only identify himself as “Steve,” said Goode had served time in jail for armed robbery but had seemed happy in recent months.

Maranhao and Goode, he said, were the parents of 1-year-old boy.

“He got into his whole family thing,” he said.

According to Bristol District Attonrey C. Samuel Sutter’s office, Goode and the 22-year-old Maranhao died in a murder-suicide, although investigators have not yet determined who was the aggressor and who was the victim in the latest incident of fatal domestic violence in Massachusetts.

“The two individuals were in a dating relationship and the location in which the two were found appears to be Goode’s residence,” Sutter’s office said in a statement.

Maranhao’s relatives have told prosecutors they believe she was living with Goode.

According to authorities, police responded to 598 Brock Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found the bodies of a man and a woman inside the building.

The cause of their deaths is unknown pending completion of autopsies by the state medical examiner’s office.

About nine hours after the bodies of the two people were discovered, New Bedford police rushed to the intersection of Myrtle and Cedar Grove streets where they found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The victim was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford where he was later pronounced dead. Sutter’s office today identified the murder victim as Patrick Alves, 23, of New Bedford. His death is not related to the earlier murder-suicide, officials said, and the search for Alves’s killer is ongoing.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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