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Authorities Search For Suspect In La Verne Double-Murder

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Shirley Isom (via Shirley Isom's Facebook page)

Authorities remain in search of the suspect for the murder of a couple in their La Verne mansion on Friday afternoon.Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie Isom, 89, were found by their daughter after being mortally wounded in an attack. Their daughter, who lives on an adjacent property, called authorities around 1:30 p.m., but Shirley was declared dead at the scene. Armie was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Initial reports were that the couple had been stabbed, but authorities later called it "blunt force trauma."

A neighbor told NBC 4 that Armie Isom was the developer of the exclusive gated community in which the couple lived.

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"Everybody knows everybody. It’s like a little community away from the city," Tim Silva, a neighbor, told NBC 4.

According to authorities, the suspect is described as a Latino male, between the ages of 25 to 30, 5'7" and 5'11", and about 160 pounds. Witnesses say he was wearing a green or orange hoodie and a backpack.

"If you walk in the neighborhood and you're someone that does not live here, everybody else knows," Silva added. Another neighbor told KTLA that she saw a man in the neighborhood that seemed "suspicious" and "homeless."