MPD Probes Deaths


For several hours the block on 19th Street and 25th Avenue was closed as police investigated the mysterious deaths of two brothers. Shortly before 1:00 p.m. Monday the pair was discovered dead in their home.

The victims' sister, who also lives in the home, found the bodies. Willie Mae Currie said she was returning from a weekend visit in Alabama.

"When I got here and let the garage door up, the car wasn't here. So, I said, 'Ain't nobody here.' So, when I got in the house, the TV in the bedroom was on and I thought that was strange. And I walked up in his room and immediately saw him in the bathroom on the toilet and my other brother in his room in the floor," said Currie.

Currie said she saw blood but is not sure how her brothers, James Tingle, 75, and Johnny Lee Crump, age 59, were killed.

Currie said one of her brother's car was stolen from the garage. It was described as a silver 1993 Lincoln town car.

At news time, police were still investigating the case and a motive. Detectives would not comment. Meanwhile, many questions remain.

"I can't understand why someone would do this. They were in their own house. What was the reason?" asked family friend, Bernice Collins.

"Right now," said Currie, "one thing I know is that I don't know what happened and the next thing I'm sure of is that I've lost both my brothers and it hurts."