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Troy Police search for SUV, suspects linked to double murder
LANSINGBURGH-- Troy police are searching for two men and an SUV they say may be linked to a double murder in Lansingburgh Wednesday morning.
They are looking for a blue, 2013 Ford Escape with New York license plate CKL 8018.
Police say the attack happened on First Avenue in Lansingburg around 2:30 Wednesday morning. Investigators found 51-year-old Michael Allen Lockrow beaten to death inside his mobile home. Lockrow's 59-year-old wife Marie was beaten as well and died on the way to the hospital.
"He didn't deserve this. He was a people person," Michael Allen Lockrow's brother Joe Rielly said.
Rielly says "Al" was never one to fight.
"He probably weighed a buck and a half, you known he was the little skinny guy," Rielly said.
Friends and family also say he was a hard worker. Lockrow did landscaping for the city of Troy at Frear Park Golf Course.
Lockrow's wife Marie was a nurse in Rensselaer County.
"His wife was a sweetheart, Marie, can't say a bad thing about her. Old-fashioned gal, you know, took great care of my brother," Rielly said.
Police say Marie had a restraining order against another relative but that was years ago and those close to the couple say they had no obvious issues.
Investigators are now looking into several possibilities.
"I mean somewhat to try and calm the fears is that we believe this is an isolated incident that perhaps the attacker somehow knew the victims and that we don't think that it is just some random act," Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf said.
Meanwhile, neighbors are frustrated with the ongoing crime in this area.
"It's fires, it's murders. I mean, when's it going to stop?" neighbor Mark McCormick.
McCormick has lived in Lansingburgh for 15 years.
"I grew up walking the streets [at] 12, one in o'clock in the morning as a kid and it was never like this, never like this," McCormick said.
"I always told him get the hell out of here. And then, oh, with these guards with the mail men," Rielly said, in reference to the armed guards who have recently started accompanying mail carriers on their routes in Troy.
Relatives and neighbors of the victims say this may be the most brutal crime the neighborhood has seen but certainly not the first.
"We just had our van shot out about a month ago and it takes them an hour to get here. I mean it's nothing against them, we think they're shorthanded," McCormick said.
But police are vowing to step up patrols. Authorities are even looking at the possibility of surveillance cameras although they won't say where.
"I would tell the neighborhood that we're here, you know, we're working hard on it and, you know, of course always keep your doors and windows locked," DeWolf said.
Police say they are eager for the help and input of the neighborhood just as long as people don't interfere with an ongoing investigation or put themselves in danger.
"That would be a big mistake to do any kind of vigilante type of thing," DeWolf said.