One apartment, 3 homicides, 5 months

Homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death at 10610 Morado Circle (Paul Shelton / KXAN)
Homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death at 10610 Morado Circle (Paul Shelton / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A resident reported finding blood on their back porch about 8:20 a.m. Sunday morning.  Officers were responded to the Great Hills Apartment complex where they found 33-year0old Charles Sanders and 21-year-old Remedios De Machibya dead from gunshot wounds.

“Officers arrived and found that the source of blood was actually coming from the third floor apartment,” said Austin Police Sgt. Brian Miller

According to police, the preliminary investigation leads them to believe De Machibya shot Sanders while he was sitting on the back porch. Police say despite being severely wounded, Sanders was able to fight with De Machibya and wrestle the gun away from her. Police say Sanders then fired the gun at De Machibya, killing her.

Investigators say Sanders died from his injuries before he could get help.

“He was in the process of trying to dial 911 at the time,” Austin Police Sgt. Brian Miller said.

Both deaths were ruled a homicide by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  Officers initially showed up at the complex after residents reported hearing gunshots around 3:30 a.m., but police could not locate the origin of the shots.

KXAN also confirmed the deaths occurred in the same apartment where an October 2013 murder occurred, meaning three people died in the same unit – Apt. 2634 – in the past five months.

On Oct. 6, 2013, police found John Thomas Haney dead after they say he was shot by his girlfriend, 37-year-old Elizabeth Garcia. She is charged with murder. When Garcia was interviewed by detectives, she said she thought her apartment was possibly haunted.

Monday, an orange police crime scene notice was posted on the door to the unit. Crime scene tape was sill left behind as well. KXAN talked to a man moving out that day. He said the recent killings were the reason why.

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