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Sterling shooting victims identified

Sterling shooting victims identified

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The Sterling Police Department said Tuesday that the shooting deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found during the weekend were the result of a murder-suicide.

Britney L. Long and Duane J. Briggs, both 24, were found inside a house in Sterling after family members requested a welfare check.  They were found at 6:45 p.m.

Upon entering the home, police say they discovered Long's body along with her former boyfriend, 24-year-old Duane J. Briggs, of Freeport.

A news release said the preliminary investigation shows they both died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators recovered a gun at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation and the Sterling Police Department said it appears to be isolated and there is no imminent threat to the public.

The Sterling Police Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and the Whiteside County Coroner's Office.

Reporter Anthony Watt contributed to this story.

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