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Bossier City Police seek public's help in double homicide

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Bossier City detectives stand outside a home where two women were found shot to death Bossier City detectives stand outside a home where two women were found shot to death
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Amanda Coats can hardly believe that her neighborhood has become the scene of a double murder.

"I'm just shocked. I live here," said Coats, a resident of Bragg Street in Bossier city.

She and other neighbors are hopeful police can provide some answers into the shooting death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Beadle, and 26-year-old Kayrl Ann Cox, roommates and both young mothers. They were discovered by Beadle's mother Sunday morning when she arrived at the home to check on her daughter.

"It's not real just yet, at all," said Courtney Morris, who explained her family is still in shock over the death of her step-sister Jacqueline Beadle and her roommate Kayrl Ann Cox.

"It seems like something out of a movie, really," said Morris, who explained the loss is particularly heart-breaking for Jacqueline's mother, who was the one who discovered the bodies of the roommates.

"She's doing everything she can to keep it together, all of the kind words that people have talked about, and the prayers, that have gone out to her and my dad are helping," she said.

Courtney said Jacqueline worked full time at IHOP and was studying at BPCC to become a physical therapist.

But her most important job in life was being a mother to her 3-year-old son, "When she wasn't sleeping, or working, or going to school, she was with her son," she explained.

"Both women did have children, one child each," said Mark Natale, spokesman for the Bossier City Police Department. "At the time this occurred both children were with relatives."

Karyl's brother-in-law Nathan Cann, is deployed overseas in Japan. In a statement to KSLA News 12, he wrote that their family will never recover from the loss of such an amazing woman.

"I had the privilege of knowing her for 18 years, from the cute little girl of seven, up through her becoming a loving mother," Cann explained.

"Karyl was a bright, funny, and responsible young lady with unlimited potential.  She always had a kind word or some sound advice for her friends and family," Cann wrote.

"She would want to be remembered as a responsible and loving mother, caring sister, and devoted daughter," he added.

Both families are pleading with the public to come forward with information to help police catch the person or people responsible. 

"Let them know anything, I mean anything helps out, I mean a little information will go a long way," Morris said. 

As of Monday afternoon investigators had still not identified a suspect after spending more than 24 hours gathering evidence at the home.

"It could still be too early to tell if this was a random thing, or if they did know the victim," Natale said.

But police say the home shows no signs of forced entry.

Bossier City police remind residents on Bragg Street that double homicides are rare in Bossier City, and so are random killings.

"The majority of homicides we work the suspects and victim know each other," Natale said.

Police still won't say whether that's the case for this double murder, a violent crime that has neighbors on edge, and police racing the clock to find a suspect.

"The quicker you can develop a suspect and get information the better, but that's what detectives are doing right now," Natale said.

Bossier Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

If you know anything about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100.

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