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Homicide followed by suicide (H/S) is a complex and poorly studied phenomenon. This research aims at identifying H/S cases occurred in Porto Alegre from 1996 throughout 2004. Information on H/S was extracted from newspapers, police reports and interviews with the informants. From the 14 identified cases, men were the killers/suicides and women and children their victims. The most frequently used weapons were firearms. In general, the aggressor was an impulsive, aggressive individual showing problems within its primary supporting group, possibly suffering depression and alcohol-addicted with criminal backgrounds (violence against the family). Events were mainly triggered by jealousy, threats or the end of a love relationship.
Palavras-chave : homicide; suicide; homicide followed by suicide.