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Laurel homicides: Tina Towler, James Ferguson found dead

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Two people were found murdered inside a Laurel apartment home Thursday morning, authorities say.

Tina Towler was found dead inside a Laurel apartment May 2. (Family photo)

Tina Towler, 45, and her boyfriend, James Ferguson, were found dead inside the apartment they shared at 9600 Muirkirk Road. As word spread, family rushed to the scene. They struggled to understand why anyone would kill the ones they loved.

“My brother would look out for anyone as far I know and [he was] very respectful,” says Paul Young. “He’s going to be truly ,gratefully missed.” 

Towler and Ferguson were discovered by a caregiver coming to the house to tend to Towler's severely disabled 24-year-old daughter. She was found unharmed, but taken to a hospital for observation. She has not been able to communicate what she may have witnessed. 

"I mean, she can't even talk," says Lee Stevenson. 

Police say it is clear this was not a murder-suicide because there were multiple signs of trauma to both victims.

Neighbors say they heard an argument in the apartment around 5 a.m. Police have visited the home before, twice in February when Towler was reported missing, and more recently for a 911 hang-up call. 

Neighbors say they saw warning signs that all was not well in the apartment. 

“There were a lot of people coming in and out of this household. Drunk a lot. Still a good dude,” says Charles Collins.

It is not known what led to the murders. Police first arrived at the scene in response to a welfare call.

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