Denver police investigating double shooting as homicide

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DENVER — The discovery of two bodies in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood is being investigated as a homicide, police said Friday.

Officers responding to a report of a burglary came upon two bodies Thursday afternoon in a building near 19th Avenue and Trenton Street.

Denver police said Friday that both victims, two men, had been shot. They are investigating the deaths as a homicide that is not connected to the burglary, police said.

One of the men was identified as Alexander Tower, 37. The second man has not yet been identified.

A friend and a brother of one of the victims, who asked that their names be withheld,  were at the scene Friday morning.  They said they were distraught at the news of the shooting and didn’t have any idea why the two men would have been targeted.