Paradise Valley couple found burned remembered at service

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Paradise Valley couple found tied up and burned beyond recognition in their home was remembered tearfully by their three grown children at a memorial service Tuesday.

Steven Shapiro said that there was never a harsh word spoken between his parents.

He also says there was never a single moment he wasn't completely aware of how much his father loved his mother.

The bodies of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro were found on Jan. 30 in their home in the affluent Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley.

The murders of the well-to-do philanthropists in their 70s are the first in Paradise Valley since 2004 and have shaken neighbors, police and the town mayor.

Coroners had to use dental records to identify their bodies after they were found tied up and burned in their posh home.

Paradise Valley police said Monday that after careful consideration, the department will not be issuing any statements regarding the investigation of a couple killed inside their upscale Paradise Valley home.

The department released a statement saying that throughout the weekend and Monday, the department has been continuing to follow leads and thoroughly examine pertinent and relative information into the deaths of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro.

The department says progress in the case has been and is being made.

The department added the examination of evidence and facts is still ongoing and the decision was made not to release any further information at this time as it may have the potential to compromise the integrity of the investigation.