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Double homicide investigated in Horry County after two men found dead near van

Horry County Police work the scene of a double homicide in Socastee Plaza on Monday, July 11, 2016. One man is face-down on the driver's side of a gold van and another man is slumped over in the passenger side of the van. Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police said as of 9:30 a.m. no cause of death could be determined for either man. Socastee Plaza is located off S.C. 707 across fro CresCom Bank. Over a month ago a woman was found stabbed to death inside the Maytag Laundromat in the same shopping center.
Horry County Police work the scene of a double homicide in Socastee Plaza on Monday, July 11, 2016. One man is face-down on the driver's side of a gold van and another man is slumped over in the passenger side of the van. Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police said as of 9:30 a.m. no cause of death could be determined for either man. Socastee Plaza is located off S.C. 707 across fro CresCom Bank. Over a month ago a woman was found stabbed to death inside the Maytag Laundromat in the same shopping center. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Horry County Police are investigating a double homicide in the parking lot of Socastee Plaza in front of El Ya Merito on Highway 707.

Two dead bodies were found deceased around 7 a.m., according to Lt. Raul Denis with the Horry County Police.

This comes just a little over a month after a 65-year-old woman was found dead in the same area. Jon Paul Joseph Marston, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested and is facing charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, one of the deceased men was still lying face down on the ground next to a gold Chevrolet Astro van with tinted windows and the windshield wipers that were turned on. The other victim was slumped over in the passenger seat of the van.

A medical call came in first with a man reporting to find the victim laying next to the van, Denis said. They thought he was injured but didn’t want to get too close because the caller had a child with him, he said.

The fire department initially responded, paramedics found that the man was deceased and called police.

“So we responded and I guess at that point we found a second deceased young man in the van,” Denis said. “Right now all we know is they appear to be young Hispanic males, both of them, probably in their 20s.”

The lieutenant said the cause of death is unknown at this time, stating there were no apparent gunshot wounds on the victims, but the coroner had yet to look over the bodies.

“We’re taking it very slowly,” Denis said. “It is a double homicide investigation. We’re going to make sure we don’t miss anything.”

A man at the scene who says he owned the gold van told The Sun News he knew the driver and let him borrow the van last night. The man said he’s known the guy for several years.

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