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VIDEO: Gay couple found dead in burning home were murdered, Dallas police say

DALLAS – A gay couple, one of whom was disabled, were found dead early Wednesday in their burning apartment in northeast Dallas.

Police told Dallas media that the two men were murdered to cover up a crime, that it was not being investigated as a hate crime, and that the motive is unknown.

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded at 4:10 am to a fire at the Villa Joya Apartments and extinguished the flames, then found the two victims inside. A 61-year-old white man, who was disabled, and a 59-year-old black male appeared to have died in a violent attack, authorities said. Police said the fire was set in an attempt to destroy evidence in the murders.

Neighbors told Dallas Morning News that the younger man was the caretaker for the disabled man, but police said it appeared that they were in a relationship.

Police said a vehicle belonging to one of the victims was missing, and that they are searching for whoever has possession of it.

Authorities also believe that the suspects likely knew at least one of the victims, whose names were not released pending notification of next of kin.