4 found slain in Detroit home; homicides spiking

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say the four people found shot to death in a Detroit home this week include a 16-year-old boy.

Police believe the killings were drug-related but aren't releasing information about possible suspects.

The Wayne County medical examiner's office identified the victims Wednesday as 16-year-old Shawn Bender, 22-year-old Janetta Harris, 28-year-old Jason Koester and 34-year-old Dyrelle Davis.

The medical examiner says the woman died of multiple gunshot wounds, while the other three victims were shot in the head. Their bodies were found Tuesday night.

The deaths pad the city's homicide total, which had already has surpassed last year's.

The block where the bodies were discovered has about two dozen two-story homes, and like many Detroit neighborhoods, several of the homes are vacant.

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