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Brother, sister killed in apparent Westminster murder-suicide, police say

May 27, 2011 |  9:29 am

West A 32-year-old Westminster man apparently killed his sister and then turned the gun on himself after an argument, authorities said Friday.

Westminster police responded to the 6100 block of Navajo Road late Thursday after a caller reported hearing what sounded like five to six gunshots.

Responding officers in the front yard of a home were met by a woman, who told them her son had just killed her daughter.

Officers went inside to rescue the victim but found a woman dead in a hallway, the victim of a gunshot. Officers then found the body of a man in the backyard with a handgun nearby.

An argument had erupted between the siblings, who lived with their mother at the home, authorities said.

Westminster police believe the deaths were a murder-suicide, but the investigation is still in the early stages.

Detectives are not releasing the names of the deceased until their relatives have been notified, officials said.

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Map shows where a brother and sister died in an apparent murder-suicide in Westminster. Source: Google Maps

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