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Two bodies, two kids found in house near Central, Hillside

Police found a man and woman in their mid-20s shot to death in a house with two children wandering around about 2:30 p.m. today in the 600 block of North Chautauqua, northwest of Central and Hillside.

Police are investigating as "some type of robbery," Capt. Jeff Easter said.

Easter said family members became concerned when the pair did not show up for Thanksgiving dinner, went to the house to check on them and found the two dead, then called police.

When police arrived, they found the bodies in the living room. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The children were walking around in the house," and were unhurt, Easter said. He did not give their ages.

A neighbor said the children were 4 years old and 6 months old.

Police declined to provide details on what was stolen or how many times the victims had been shot.

Easter said police have talked to neighbors and family members, who described the victims as "very nice young people."

Along with detectives and Police Chief Norman Williams, many members of the family's church had gathered at the scene.

Soon after police arrived, some family members were shouting to police about the location of a possible suspect.

The white house where the bodies were found is at the northwest corner of Elm and Chautauqua, two blocks west of Wesley Medical Center.

Police blocked off the streets for one block in each direction from the scene and surrounded the house with crime scene tape as they investigated. In the front yard was a child's miniature basketball hoop; a child's bicycle stood on the front porch.

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