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Prince George’s police investigating a couple found dead inside their Laurel apartment have ruled the case a double homicide — and neighbors are questioning who would commit such an act.

Around 8:22 a.m., Prince George’s County police responded to a call in the 6900 block of Muirkirk Road at Montpelier Crossing Apartments, where the caretaker of a disabled woman inside the apartment found a man and woman lying on the floor dead and called 911, police said.

Neighbors said the two found dead were in a relationship, and the woman was the mother of a quadriplegic woman. The disabled woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and released Thursday afternoon, police said.

Cpl. Maria McKinney, a county police spokeswoman, said investigators learned that some neighbors heard arguing coming from the home early Thursday, but police have not officially released a motive in the killing or identified possible suspects.

“Both were found with multiple areas of trauma to their bodies,” she said.

Neighbor Charles Collins, 28, of Laurel said the two lived there and cared for the quadriplegic woman, who was the girlfriend’s daughter.

Police have not yet confirmed the identities of the two people killed, but have confirmed that the relationship between the now-deceased woman and the disabled woman, who Collins said was 18 or 19 years old.

Collins said the couple was friendly and he spoke to them often since moving into the apartment about a year and a half ago.

“Everyone around here knew them. He was always having cookouts. Even if he didn’t know you, he’d offer you food and offer you a beer,” Collins said of the man found dead. “I don’t know why anyone would want to kill him.”

Lee Stephenson, 31, said he knew the victims and came to the complex upon learning of the homicide.

“This is crazy. Who would do something like this?” he asked.

Other neighbors said the area is typically crime-free and said there are security guards who patrol the area at night.

“It’s a safe neighborhood. This is the first I’ve seen anything like this,” said Augustine Koroma, 40, who said he did not know the victims.

Staff at Montpelier Crossing Apartments declined to comment.

djgross@gazette.net