Mother and son found shot dead in Lawncrest home

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January 20, 2014 2:42:26 PM PST
A mother and her son were both found shot and killed on the second floor of their home in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia.

It happened at 3:18 p.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Stevens Street.

The victims have been identified as 49-year-old Donna Muller and a 22-year-old Richard Muller.

"It's definitely a violent crime scene because you have two dead bodies that appear to be shot in the head," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Sources say a family member made the discovery.

Both victims were found shot in the head. One body was discovered in a bedroom and the other in a hallway.

Police believe a semi-automatic gun was used but no weapon was found at the scene.

Detectives also say it appears the victims may have known their killer.

"My friend told me and I didn't believe it, I thought he was lying," said William Fullerton.

Fullerton nearly collapsed outside of his best friend's home after hearing the news.

"When I finally got to the door I realized," said Fullerton.

Neighbors describe hearing noises overnight although it's not yet clear when the shooting actually happened.

"I just heard two pops," said Peter Riley.

"She said she heard a lot of banging and noise at 3:30 this morning," said John Downey.

The victims' extended family, upon learning the news, say they have no idea who would want to harm the Mullers.

"This is unbelievable. I don't know what to say really. Donna was a great woman," said Jim Kunf.

No word on any suspects or a possible motive. Meanwhile, an autopsy is scheduled for this week.

A $20,000 reward is offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in any homicide in the City of Philadelphia.

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