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Teen and adult identified in overnight shooting

Police say Topeka has 15 homicides so far in 2020, the same as total for 2019
Two people were shot and killed early Tuesday at a home at 512 S.W. 5th in Topeka, authorities said.
Two people were shot and killed early Tuesday at a home at 512 S.W. 5th in Topeka, authorities said.(Phil Anderson)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 3:47 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 2:47 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka police say a teen and adult were killed overnight in a double homicide.

Police say Crystal D. Andrews, 37 of Topeka and Mercedes M. Holford, 13 of Topeka were found shot and killed at 512 S.W. 5th around 1:51a.m. Tuesday.

They did not release if they are searching for any suspects in the case.

Update as of Tuesday July 14th, 11:20a.m.:

Two found slain early Tuesday in home near downtown Topeka

Two people were found shot to death early Tuesday at a home just west of downtown Topeka, authorities said.

Police were called at 1:51 a.m. Tuesday to a bungalow at 512 S.W. 5th on a report of a shooting.

Responding officers found two people who had been shot inside the residence. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 25 people gathered in the pre-dawn darkness of Tuesday morning near the site of the double-homicide on S.W. 5th Street. The location was about a half-block west of S.W. Topeka Boulevard.

Six police cars also were on the scene. Yellow crime-scene tape was placed around the residence, located on the north side of S.W. 5th Street immediately west of an alley.

The slayings in the 500 block of S.W. 5th marked the city’s second and third homicides in a six-hour period.

The other homicide occurred around 8 p.m. Monday at a house in the 1100 block of S.W. Clay. Another person suffered gunshot wounds not believed to be life-threatening in the Clay Street incident.

Police held both crime scenes, which were about a mile apart, overnight and into Tuesday morning.

The names of the homicide victims hadn’t been released as of mid-morning Tuesday.

No arrests had been reported and no suspect descriptions had been released.

Topeka police Lt. Manny Munoz on Tuesday said there have been 15 homicides so far this year in the capital city, which have occurred in 13 separate incidents.

The city’s 15 homicides so far in 2020 equals the total mark for 2019 in Topeka.

Anyone with information on the city’s latest homicides may call Topeka police at 785-368-9400 or Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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