House Fire Intentionally Set, Victims Shot To Death (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Stephanie Parkinson
By Emma Koch
By Peter Neumann
By Eric Dutkiewicz

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- The two people found dead inside a burning home on Senate Avenue Thursday died from gunshot wounds. The Allen County Coroner is calling the case a double homicide. And according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department the fire at the home was intentionally set.

The Allen County Coroner released the names of the two victims as 41-year-old Terry Lee LaGrone and 19-year-old Desiree L. Sheets.

Fort Wayne Police officials say the two were targeted and this was not a random act. At this time FWPD has not identified a motive and has no suspects in the case. But family members have their suspicions.

"They not working, and some don't wanna work, and if they know anyway they can rob you or take something, that's what they do. And I know he keeps a little money on him. He's a barber, he made his barber out of the house," said Josa LaGrone, Terry's Mother.

FWPD investigators are seeking the public's help as they continue to investigate.

It was just before 9:00 Thursday morning Fort Wayne firefighters were called to the home in the 3200 block of Senate Avenue, east of Hessen Cassel Road and a block south of McKinnie Avenue.

When crews arrived at the scene they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the structure with extension to the front of the house.

"The initial crew was able to make a very aggressive interior search and attack, and find the first victim within two minutes of our arrival," Deputy Chief Mark Nelson of the Fort Wayne Fire Department says. " We found a second victim in a different area of the house approximately seven minutes later.

Both LaGrone and Sheets were pronounced dead on the scene.

Family members were notified of the deaths of the people inside the house. They say their faith will help them cope.

"I know with the prayer of the righteous I'm going to make it," Josa Lagrone, mother of one of the victims, says. "I think he had some personal issues; and I'm saved. I wanted to talk to him about some things, but I didn't get a chance."

"It was hard knowing that he died today and not knowing that I wouldn't see him again," Sadaysha Jackson, stepdaughter of one of the victims says. "He was a fun, outgoing person. He was the type to always play around and play with us. He was like one of us."

Firefighters also found a dog dead inside the home.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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