Police Search for Motive in Double Murder

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Police continue to investigate the killing of an elderly couple in their west side home.

“It's crazy, I mean, it's a nice quiet street,” said Maribel Rodriguez, who lives on Virginia Avenue.  She wasn’t home early Monday morning, but her friend was startled by something around midnight.  “She said she heard, like, a door slam.  She came out to look and the dogs were barking but she didn't see anything, so she went back in the house.”

According to police, the victims’ daughter woke-up on Monday morning and found her mother, Wava King, 72, dead on the couch.  After calling police, a second victim was discovered in the basement, James Riley King, 75.  The couple had been married for years and had five children.

“She was an older, nice lady.  She was always respectful and spoke to everyone, she didn't bother anyone,” said Lisa Tate, a neighbor.

According to Sgt. Sammy Morris of the Cleveland Police Department, both died of a traumatic head injury.  “There doesn't appear to be forced entry at this time, but the incident is still under investigation,” said Sgt. Morris.

Grief-stricken family members said Mr. King worked for four-decades at LTV and he had been battling emphysema.  Mrs. King was described as a religious woman who was often seen outside their longtime home.  “She was a good person, she had a good heart,” said James Tate, a neighbor.  “I met her from walking down the street and stuff, I always wave at her and she waved back.”

Police say the victims’ vehicle was missing from the driveway and they believe the suspect used it to leave the scene. Late Monday night, the car was located in Parma. The driver is now in custody.

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