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Couple found dead the day after family members request welfare check, police say relatives did not ‘express safety concerns’

A couple was found dead in Texas a day after family members requested a welfare check.

As KXAN reports, police responded to a home in Austin on Friday, where they found Ahlame Qourzal, 26, and  Justin Shands, 47, dead of yet-undisclosed causes. According to the report, Shands’ family had requested a welfare check the day before, but it was Qourzal’s family who alerted police on Friday.

Law enforcement sources told KXAN that police responding to the welfare check on Thursday left the home without further intervention as “did not express any safety concerns.” When police responded to the home on Friday, Qourzal’s brother was at or near the home, and reportedly “reiterated” concerns communicated in a call to police earlier that morning.

According to the report, police knocked in the door but did not get a response, and subsequently asked the building manager for a key. Upon entering the home, police found a bedroom door locked, and forced entry into the room after repeated warnings.

Police sources told KXAN that the deaths appear to be the result of a domestic violence incident, but have not yet provided further details.

The county medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death, as investigators work to determine more about the decedents’ relationship.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Austin Police Department’s homicide division at (512) 974-TIPS or homicide.apd@austintexas.gov.

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