Double homicide: Woman, girl found dead in Dayton house

A woman and girl were found dead late Thursday morning inside a Dayton house.

Officers responded shortly before noon to the house in the 300 block of Burleigh Avenue to check on the residents’ wellbeing, Dayton police Maj. Jason Hall said.

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Inside, they found the bodies of the woman and girl in the basement. Their deaths are under investigation as a double homicide, he said.

“It does appear that a firearm was used in this incident,” Hall said.

Homicide detectives on Thursday were early in their investigation, processing the scene and speaking with potential witnesses, he said.

The victims’ names were not released.

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The woman’s boyfriend later was identified as the shooting suspect. He died by suicide in Alabama, Dayton police said. The Associated Press reported Dante Rashad Hawes, 32, of Dayton, was found dead Thursday in a vehicle in Falkville, Alabama. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn said Hawes was suspected of killing his girlfriend and a young girl, and that he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the AP reported.

Credit: Marshall Gorby

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