City police on Saturday morning released the identities of the couple found dead in a home in southeast Springfield on Friday morning.
Police found Dr. Rudolph Fajardo, 35, and his wife, Stephanie Fajardo, 32, dead just after 5:30 a.m. Friday. Officers were dispatched to their home in the 2100 block of East Norshire Street after a call about "deceased persons" and investigators remained at the home most of the day.
Police department spokeswoman Lisa Cox said autopsies on Rudolph and Stephanie Fajardo were scheduled for Saturday, but no other information was released.
Rudolph Fajardo was employed by CoxHealth as a physician. In an emailed statement, CoxHealth's corporate communications office said Fajardo had worked for them since 2008.
Below is the full text of CoxHealth's emailed statement.
Dr. Rudolph Fajardo had been employed as a hospitalist at CoxHealth since July 2008. We are greatly saddened by Friday’s tragic events, and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families affected. During his time here, Dr. Fajardo was a respected physician.
This is a tragic loss for the CoxHealth family. We are activating our Critical Incident Stress Management team to support those who worked with and knew Dr. Fajardo. Out of respect for the families involved and the legal process, we defer to the authorities for further details.