2nd victim in double homicide ID'd

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DENVER - Denver Police have identified the second victim in a double homicide on Dec. 26.

The bodies of Alexander Tower, 37, and Francisco Gutierrez, 29, were found shot to death inside a home during a burglary call on Dec. 26.

Officers arrived at the Stapleton-area home, located in the 1900 block of Trenton Street in east Denver, around 3 p.m. on Dec. 26.

Detectives continued to collect evidence from the residence up until 5:30 Friday evening.

9NEWS spoke with one of Tower's good friends. The woman asked not to be identified in fear of her safety. She says she saw Tower a week ago.

"I said, 'Alex, can I walk the dog?' And that was the last time I saw Alex. I've been crying all day long," the woman said.

Neighbors who knew Tower describe him as a nice man who never met a stranger. His close friend said she tried warning him about his "overly-friendly" personality.

"He just brings in any stranger he meets at the bar in his house," she said.

The deaths are being investigated as a homicide and appear to be an isolated case. Police do not know how long the men were inside the house before they were discovered.

Police radio traffic indicates a man came home to find the house ransacked and left the backdoor open.

The man who reported the incident also told a 911 dispatcher there was an unfamiliar car in the driveway of the home, according to police radio traffic obtained from broadcastify.com.

Police obtained a search warrant late Thursday evening.

"Officers did enter the residence and discovered two dead bodies, but at this time, it doesn't appear that we need to alert the community that there is an active shooter going around," Raquel Lopez with the Denver Police Department said.

Police remain tight-lipped about the investigation.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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