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      Laurel homicides: Tina Towler, James Ferguson found dead

      Tina Towler was found dead inside a Laurel apartment May 2. (Family photo)

      Two people were found murdered inside a Laurel apartment home Thursday morning, authorities say.

      Tina Towler, 45, and her boyfriend, James Ferguson, were found dead{}inside the apartment they shared at 9600 Muirkirk Road.{}As word spread, family rushed to the scene. They struggled to understand why anyone would kill the ones they loved.

      "My brother would look out for anyone as far I know and [he was] very respectful," says Paul Young. "He's going to be truly ,gratefully missed."{}

      Towler and Ferguson were discovered by a caregiver coming to the house to tend to Towler's severely disabled 24-year-old daughter. She was found unharmed, but taken to a hospital for observation. She has not been able to communicate what she may have witnessed.{}

      "I mean, she can't even talk," says Lee Stevenson.{}

      Police say it is clear this was not a murder-suicide because there were multiple signs of trauma to both victims.

      Neighbors say they heard an argument in the apartment around 5 a.m. Police have visited the home before, twice in February when Towler was reported missing, and more recently for a 911 hang-up call.{}

      Neighbors say they saw warning signs that all was not well in the apartment.{}

      "There were a lot of people coming in and out of this household. Drunk a lot. Still a good dude," says Charles Collins.

      It is not known what led to the murders. Police first arrived at the scene in response to a welfare call.