Double Murder Discovered After Fire in Midland

Double Murder Discovered After Fire in Midland

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A double murder was discovered early Friday morning in Midland and it looks like someone was trying to cover their tracks. The bodies were found by fire crews who were putting out a blaze.

The fire happened at the corner of Kanawha and Checotah Street. Officials say a big utility room behind the mobile home was set on fire and accelerates were found at the scene. The mobile home was completely burned to the ground and inside the victims were found with gunshot wounds.

"It's like we sat here last night and this morning and it's like oh my gosh, it was just an eerie feeling because it's so close to home," said Kathy Paredez, a nearby neighbor.

The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m., Kathy Paredez and her husband live just across the street. When they saw the huge flames and smoke, she quickly decided to warn other neighbors. Her husband ran to the mobile home that had already caught fire.

"My husband went up and knocked on the side of the mobile home to see if he can get somebody's attention. see if anyone was in there. he knocked on the doorway and yelled at the doorway 'there's a fire! Is anybody in there!'," said Paredez.

Multiple neighbors told NewsWest 9, a young couple, probably in their 20's. lived in the home. Once the blaze was put out, the two victims were discovered with gunshot wounds. It's unclear how many times they were shot and where.

"Our homicide rate here in Midland isn't very high. So a double homicide is obviously something that is very unusual for us so it's something that we're investigating and looking into and trying to figure out answers as best as we can," said Sara Bustilloz, with the City of Midland.

Officials say the victims have not yet been identified and that they are awaiting autopsy results. NewsWest 9 spoke to several relatives that were at the burned scene around noon on Friday but they declined to comment.

"Now, we're looking at if there were any possible witnesses. If there's anybody we can talk to in the area, so that's something that will be happening during the investigation," said Bustilloz.

As of right now, the Midland Police Department says there are no suspects. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.