Two men were found dead in an apartment near Lee Highway in Arlington Tuesday morning, police said.
The men, who police identified as Keefe Spriggs, 59, of Arlington, and Carl Moten, 31, of no fixed address, were discovered at about 10 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Culpeper Street in the Hall’s Hill area of the county.
Police are calling the deaths “suspicious,” and detectives are on the scene investigating.
Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said a maintenance man discovered the bodies and called 911. An acquaintance of one of the men called the maintenance man, saying he hadn’t heard from his acquaintance in a few days, Sternbeck said.
The maintenance man went to the apartment, heard the television and knocked on the door. Nobody answered and the man let himself in, finding the bodies, Sternbeck said.
Police aren’t yet saying how the men died or how long the bodies were there before they were found.
The bodies were found in a three-story brick-and-siding apartment building, which is surrounded with yellow police tape. Groups of people had gathered outside, some were crying and screaming in grief.
Paul Terry, 59, said he was friends with both men and saw them Sunday night.
“We’re a tight-knit community,” Terry said. “They don’t bother nobody. Everybody around here is friends.”
Another friend, Diane Thompson, said she went to school with one of the men and the other was friends with her son.
“Its unbelievable,” Thompson said. “I don’t understand how it happened.”
If their deaths are ruled homicides, that would be four killings in recent weeks in the county, an unusual spike in violence. The prior two years, Arlington did not have a single murder.
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