Keefe Spriggs, Carl Moten found dead in Arlington apartment

The bodies were found in an apartment near 19th and Culpeper streets in Arlington. Photo: Kris Van Cleave

The deaths two men found in an Arlington apartment Tuesday morning are being investigated as a homicide, Arlington County Police officials confirmed Wednesday.

Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told ABC 7 that two adult men were found dead in an apartment in the 1900 block of North Culpeper Street at about 10 a.m. Investigators say the men were in the living room. Blood was found at the scene.

The victims have been identified by Sternbeck as 59-year-old Keefe Spriggs of Arlington and 31-year-old Carl Moten. No weapons were found at the crime scene and police are calling the deaths an "isolated incident."

At first, officials only called the deaths of Moten and Spriggs as "suspicious," but on Wednesday, authorities called their deaths a double homicide. They have not released information on any suspects.

Spriggs was one of eight children born to Ethel Spriggs, who raised her kids just a few doors down from where Keefe was raised. She and her family have deep roots in Arlington.

"I knew he couldn't have done anything wrong," she said. "I've never seen so many people. I can't even shed a tear because they are shedding tears."

For her, Keefe is the third son that she has lost. One of her other children died in a motorcycle crash and another died from an illness. Her husband passed away as well.

Police say a maintenance man who was checking the apartment discovered the bodies of Spriggs and Moten after someone called in search of one of the victims.

The Spriggs' say that Keefe, a divorced father of two who worked at a body shop, invited Moten to stay with him about a week ago because Carl had nowhere else to say. Relatives of Moten went in search of the father of five because didn't show up for his job as a cook on Monday.

Diane Thompson couldn't hold back the emotions when she learned she'd just lost two long-time friends.

"For something like this to happen, it's just a tragedy," Thompson says.

Neighbor Paul Terry can't make sense of it. He says Moten was a father of five and a cook at a Falls Church restaurant. Both men were friends he's known for decades and he saw them just days ago.

Anyone with information on the suspected murders is asked to call (703) 228-4197.

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