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Colo. boy, 12, in custody after parents found dead

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By Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Colo. (AP) — Friends reacted with shock to the news that the parents of a friendly neighbor family had been killed, two children critically wounded and their 12-year-old brother in custody in the case.

Warrants were sealed, and authorities Wednesday refused to discuss possible motives. Investigators referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges.

Authorities haven't said how Charles Long, 50, and Marilyn Long, 51, were killed or how the children were wounded but are handling the case as a homicide investigation.

Steve Johnson of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said the 12-year-old boy called 911 Tuesday evening to report shots fired at home and said that at least three people had been shot.

When officers arrived, they found the bodies Charles and Marilyn Long, Johnson said. Two of their children were wounded — a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

It was unclear whether the 12-year-old suffered any injuries.

There are no other suspects and there's no reason to believe there's a continuing risk to the community of about 3,700 near the Kansas border, Johnson said.

Less than 24 hours after the shootings, friends gathered for a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening on the sidewalk in front of the family's house on a corner lot.


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