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Tallahassee police investigating multiple deaths

By Gary Fineout

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 24 2011 4:42 p.m. MDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the second time in less than a year, Tallahassee authorities are looking into suspicious deaths with multiple victims in a quiet neighborhood.

Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway says authorities were alerted at about 4:30 a.m. Monday by a neighbor who heard a disturbance outside her home. Northway did not reveal the number of victims and no further information was immediately released.

Vic Lewis, who lives across the street from the home where the bodies were found, said he heard a commotion early in the morning.

"At around 4 we heard people screaming and crying and freaking out," Lewis said.

Lewis said that he was told by a police officer shortly around dawn that it was a double homicide.

Northway refused to say if there all the victims were deceased.

By late afternoon police had cordoned off the house as onlookers crowded along the street. Some of those gathered were family and friends of the victims but they refused to answer any questions.

One neighbor would not say anything more other that "it's just sad."

Tallahassee Police forensics investigators spent most of the day coming in and out of a small brown house with blue shutters in a northwest Tallahassee neighborhood.

The case appears to be similar to another multiple slaying in the Florida capital city last November. A 27-year-old mother and her three young children were found dead in their home. That case went unsolved for several months before Minnesota authorities arrested the father of one of the victims in early September and charged him in the killings.

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