Woman killed in Laveen home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating an apparent homicide after a woman was found dead in her Laveen home.

It happened near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

Neighbors said they heard loud banging noises coming from the house just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday then they heard gunshots. A man in dark clothing was spotted near the house.

"What detectives are first trying to figure out is who's the suspect, where's the suspect and what type of relationship the victim had with that suspect to help us identify him," Sgt. John Howard said.

The woman was in her early 20s. Her name has not been released.

There was an 18-month-old in the home, but the child was not harmed and is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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Woman dead in apparent homicide at a Laveen home

LAVEEN, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating an apparent homicide at a home in Laveen.

Phoenix police investigators say they received reports from a female occupant within the home of an overnight homicide involving a woman.

Officers entered the home early Wednesday to find the body of a 21-year-old woman with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police say an 18-month-old child was also present inside of the home and has been placed with state authorities.

Investigators say there were signs of forced entry inside of the home, but witnesses weren't able to give much information as to what happened or who may have been responsible.

Detectives are investigating any relation between the suspect and the victim.

Police say the female victim's name will not be released until family notifications have been made.

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