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Police: 2 bodies found in front of home near 71st Avenue and Thomas Road

A death investigation is underway
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Posted at 7:30 AM, Sep 22, 2022

PHOENIX — Police are investigating after two people were found dead at a home near 71st Avenue and Thomas Road early Thursday morning.

Police say two people, a man, and a woman, were found dead in the driveway of the home.

They have been identified by police as 45-year-old Martha Valdez Salomon and 43-year-old Gabriel Aguiler.

Neighbors, who knew the couple, are wondering how they ended up dead in their driveway, given that police found no signs of trauma.

"To be honest, I don't have any words to say. It's just... my heart is broken," said Canet Ibarra.

Ibarra has known her neighbors for nearly one decade.

"I know it's a good family," she added.

Ibarra says Salomon and Aguiler lived in the home they were found in front of and had three children.

"The youngest one is six years old. Yesterday he was turning six. It was his birthday," Ibarra said.

She says the other two kids are older.

"One is... I believe is 20. And the one just turned 25. He graduated from college," she said.

Ibarra is still shaken up about it all.

"I have kids. You know and it's just like... scary to be honest."

She says it's scary because she woke up to the sound of sirens, and no real information.

"You wake up and you see this... it's a dream. It's like you want to wake up and find out am I dreaming or is this true?" Ibarra said.

At this time, she and about a dozen neighbors ABC15 spoke to just want answers.

Detectives say they did not find any signs of trauma and the causes of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The investigation remains ongoing.