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A Jewish couple from Toronto was dead inside their south Florida apartment on Thursday night, with police investigating a double homicide.

The bodies of David Pichosky, 71, and Rochelle Wise, 66, were found inside their Hallandale Beach, South Florida townhouse, police said.

The couple was supposed to meet a neighbor for lunch on Wednesday, but did not show up or answer phone calls.

"We have few details on how they were killed, but this is definitely a double homicide," Capt. Sonia Quinones, a spokeswoman for the Hallandale Beach Police, told the Miami Herald.

Police have not released any information regarding motive or cause of death.

The couple married four years ago and was described by neighbors as a warm, friendly, and religious couple.

Wise was the founding director of the Crestwood Valley Day Camp near Toronto and was a teacher at the Bialik Hebrew Day School.  Pichosky was a retired accountant.

"We are all profoundly shocked and distraught by the tragic loss of Rochelle Wise and her husband Donny,” Shana Harris, head of the Bialik day school, wrote in an email to parents on Friday. “Rochelle was a beloved member of the Bialik community and respected as an outstanding educator and wonderful human being."

Wise was also a former director at the Crestwood Valley Day Camp.

Camp directors Eric Shendelman and Bobby Freeman said in a statement that Wise will be "sadly missed" and described Wise as a "selfless individual who took a genuine interest in the lives of everyone she came across."

"With limitless energy, unwavering courage and a passion for children, she was an inspiration to a generation of kids, an example to day camp directors across Toronto, and an amazing friend to those of us at Crestwood Valley," they said.

The couple was also affiliated with the Shaarei Shomayim congregation in Toronto, The Vancouver Sun reported.

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