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Two Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide At Durham Apartments

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DURHAM,. N.C. — Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a woman and a man found inside an apartment in southern Durham early Thursday morning.

Police said a man called them from out of town, saying he had not been able to reach his wife for days. When Durham officers arrived at the couple's residence at 1020 Country Lane at The Lodge at Southpoint apartments, they discovered the bodies of 23-year-old Amena Kahn and a 27-year-old unidentifed man inside the second-floor unit.

Investigators believe the victims, who were both former North Carolina State students, had been shot to death.

"We later determined it is a murder-suicide," said Lt. Norman Blake of the Durham Police Department.

A neighbor said he heard two gunshots Tuesday night. Police said there were no signs of a struggle or a break-in.

Neighbors said there had been an unusual van sitting in the parking lot all week.

"It's been there since about Monday. The door has been open the whole time with a black bag sitting inside. It hasn't moved," neighbor Jamaal Lights said.

Lights said he had not noticed the van in the parking lot before.

Kahn's husband is on his way back to Durham. Kahn had worked for CK and Associates, a sales and marketing firm out of Raleigh. She also did part-time modeling.


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