Two men found dead in Newport News home were shot, police say

Police at the scene of a death investigation at a house on Langley Avenue Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Credit: Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Two men found dead Wednesday inside a home on Langley Avenue were shot, police said Thursday.

Investigators say they were called to the home, off Jefferson Avenue, around 11:23 a.m. Wednesday.

The men were identified Thursday as 29-year-old Marcus West and 37-year-old Mark Gray, both of Newport News. West and Gray knew each other, and police say they were both shot.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home.

Police say both Gray and West’s autopsies have been completed, but a report from the Medical Examiner is still pending.

Police have not said anything more on the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

The mystery isn’t sitting well with neighbors.

“It definitely sent chills up my spine, and I found it real hard to believe,” said longtime neighbor Leif Bonnett.

Bonnett says he heard about six gunshots Monday night, but didn’t think anything suspicious of the shots until learning about his neighbor’s death. Another neighbor, Dennie Noble, tells he doesn’t recall the victim’s truck moving from the driveway since Saturday.

“It’s not even a football field away. That could have been my life,” said Noble. “It’s Christmas time and New Years; the best time of the year. It’s crazy for something like this to happen.”

Police say a family member made the discovery before calling police Wednesday morning.

Bonnett says he heard the screams and cries that followed.

“It’s really a sad thing to see happen,” he said. “The guy was real quiet, but every time I spoke to him, he was a real nice guy, very friendly, just kept to himself.”

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