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Goodyear man suspected of killing wife, adult son

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Goodyear Police released the name of the man who they suspect stabbed two people to death on Saturday.

The victims, according to investigators and neighbors, were very well known by their attacker.

Police say 64-year old Eugene Maraventano is suspected of stabbing his 63-year old wife and 27-year old son to death.

The suspect, who also suffered stab wounds himself, remains in the hospital. As of Sunday morning, investigators had not questioned Maraventano and didn't have a motive.

Those who knew him can't think of one either.

"There was no sign of anything for me," said Phil Wesson, Eugene Maraventano's friend.

Wesson is still in shock over the series of events that unfolded at his friend Geno's house, just two doors down.

"[My] wife and I woke up this morning, neither one of us slept, trying to think of all the scenarios of how something like this happened because...there's nothing negative to associate with Geno and his family," said Wesson.

It was just after noon Saturday when police say the 64-year-old himself called 911.

His wife 63-year-old Janet Maraventano and 27-year-old son, Bryan, had been stabbed to death.

"He was just sitting there very calm. The EMTs were working on him, that was it," said Frank Caputo, a neighbor.  

Residents say the suspect quietly sat on the curb in handcuffs while he was treated, loaded onto a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.

"I was in shock kind of again, amazed what was really going on, that something like that would happen in our neighborhood," said Nicole Schwartz, a neighbor.

Neighbors say Maraventano and his family lived in the home for at least the last 12 years.

Maraventano is a retired New York City transit worker.

Those who knew him well, like Wesson, describe him as the life of the neighborhood. He is a man who took pride in his yard, his home and his family.

The remnants of a crime have left them more questions than answers.

"I knew him as the most likeable guy. His one expression was 'What are you going to do about it?' He's from New York. 'What are you going to do about it?' 'Forget about it', that was kind of his everything," said Wesson.

Goodyear Police are not yet saying how the suspect was injured.

More details are expected to be released Monday.
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