Crime Scene Break-in Where Couple is Found Dead

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CLEVELAND-- As Cleveland police try to figure out who killed a man and woman at an east side apartment building, someone breaks in to the crime scene that was sealed the night before.

Cleveland police officers returned to the scene Tuesday afternoon, storming into an upstairs apartment at Norwood and Lausche Avenues.

Someone had broken into the unit where detectives were investigating a double murder hours earlier.

"My dad, he never did nothing to anybody or anything like that. So for somebody to murder him in cold blood like they did, him and Monica, I don't know," said Tatiana Norman, Earl Norman’s oldest daughter.

According to police, a postal carrier discovered the body of the 54-year-old in a rear driveway of the building around 1:30 p.m., Monday.

Police then discovered the body of his girlfriend, 39-year old Monica Curry, inside their upstairs apartment.

The crime scene is directly across the street from St. Martin de Porres High School.

"I was just laying on my couch watching TV and I heard what sounded like two gunshots," said neighbor Tom Ylinen.

Ylinen, who lives across the street from the building, said he heard gunshots around 2:00 p.m. Sunday, but thought nothing of it.

He said he never noticed anything unusual at the apartment.

"It was always very quiet over there. I had never heard anything, noise from there," he said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened, and whether the person who broke into the crime scene wanted to steal something or remove evidence.

"My dad is my best friend, he was my best friend," Norman said.

Earl Norman's daughter said he was a production manager at a plant in Solon. She said after drug and legal battles earlier in his life, he had become a faithful father and friend.

"Ever since he got his life together, he been taking care of everybody, everybody in the neighborhood, anybody needed money he would help them out with money...whatever anybody needed, my father helped them out and took care of it," she added.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said both victims were shot multiple times.  Norman was shot in the head and chest. Curry was shot in the head and arm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police.

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