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Manhattan man charged with murder in fatal double stabbing at Inwood apartment (UPDATED)

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A man faces murder charges after two women were found stabbed to death in Inwood on Tuesday morning.

Police say that at 9:47 a.m. on April 27, officers responded to a 911 call regarding people in need of help at an apartment at 9 Sherman Ave. Upon their arrival, the NYPD found two women,51-year-old Belky Cruz and 37-year-old Jaslynn Pena, unconscious and unresponsive, with multiple stab wounds to their necks and chests.

The victims were taken to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem where they were both pronounced dead.  The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death for both victims.

27-year-old Kelvin Valdez was apprehended and taken into custody for questioning. He was later charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Though the motive remains unclear, Valdez and Pena have a history of domestic violence, a spokesperson for the NYPD said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Updated at 9:19 a.m. on April 28.

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