The bodies of a woman and her husband were found in this town home in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood early Thursday morning. (CBC)

A woman and her husband were found dead in a townhouse in the east Ottawa neighborhood of Beacon Hill early Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.

A teenage boy called 911 at about 6:30 a.m. ET after discovering the bodies in the basement of a home on Beacon wood Drive, CBC News has learned. The boy was also treated for an injury.

The woman had been stabbed and her husband appeared to have taken his own life.

They will not be identified until after autopsies are performed in the coming days, police said Thursday afternoon.

Next of kin have been notified. The family is Eritrean, and the couple leave behind three children.

‘You never want to hear something so sad’

Neighbour Phara Vincent, who works as a nurse at The Royal Ottawa mental health center, called the news “devastating.”

“It’s shocking, it’s devastating,” Vincent said. “You never want to hear something so sad.

“That’s our number one goal as mental health nurses, to prevent tragedies like this from happening before they happen. And when it’s too late … you start thinking what you could have done, if you had noticed any signs. We never noticed any domestic disputes or anything like that,” Vincent said, adding that she only knew the couple enough to say hello.

The Ottawa police major crimes unit is investigating.

By – CBC News