Couple found murdered beside baby identified

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by Catherine Holland & Jason Volentine

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Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 12:20 PM

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PHOENIX -- A 4-month-old baby is the lone survivor of a shooting that left a man and a woman dead inside a Phoenix apartment early Wednesday morning.

According to police, a resident of the Franmar Manor apartment complex, which is located in the area of 38th Avenue and McDowell Road, heard gunfire at about 2 a.m., but waited a bit before calling 911.

Investigators arrived to find the bodies of a man and a woman in the master bedroom in what they called "a very bloody scene." They also discovered a baby boy with the victims. The child was not injured. He was initially placed in the care of Child Protective Services but the family has been contacted.

Investigators arrived to find the bodies of a man and a woman in the master bedroom in what they called "a very bloody scene." They also discovered the woman's baby boy with the victims. The child was not injured. He was initially placed in the care of Child Protective Services but the woman's family told 3TV they now have the child.

According to family members, 20-year-old Alexis Garcia is the woman who was killed and 17-year-old Fabian Valenzuela  was the male victim.

"She was a very good mom.  She was a very good girl.  She was my everything.  She was my life.  She was everything to me," said Robert Munoz, Garcia's father. "Somebody decided to just take law, or jealousy into their own hands.  God forgive them because I won’t."

Victim family members told 3TV they believe the killer is Garcia's ex-boyfriend and father to one of  her two children.

"They said he even moved the baby before he shot them," said Yvonne Gallegos, Valenzuela's aunt, of the family's conversations with police.

Police haven't confirmed any suspect information.

"Initially, when the officers got there, they thought maybe murder-suicide," Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department. "There's evidence in there that shows that's not quite true. ... I know that our detectives have developed some leads just based on conversations they've had with family and friends of those victims."

While they have not released any information about a suspect, investigators do not think the shooting was random. They believe the victims might have been targeted, but they have not said what led them to that conclusion.

"We do have some ideas," Holmes continued. "I don't mind saying that we probably have some persons of interest, but we still have a lot of work to do," Holmes said.

If you know anything about what happened at Franmar Manor early Wednesday morning, police would like to talk to you. You can call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).

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