Amanda Anders, Nancy Worrell ID'd in French Quarter Apartments Murders (16-17)

Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the two women murdered in an apartment at the French Quarter complex late Wednesday night as Amanda Anders, nineteen, and Nancy Worrell, 22. They died of multiple gunshot wounds. In addition (update), the Denver Police Department has released the mug shot of the accused shooter, 22-year-old Jose Gabriel King. Here's the latest on this tragic case.

See also: Commerce City Violence: Murder-Suicide With Juvenile Present, Officer-Involved Shooting (15)

According to Anders' Facebook page, she attended Strasburg High School and lived in Aurora. Plenty of portraits are featured, including this one....

...and this one: Comments of condolence have started to collect on the page. One reads: "I remember when we were in speech and debate together. We would make jokes about strange things all the time. I'm sorry that this happened to you... I'm at a loss for words. You were a beautiful person. RIP." Another states simply, "Rest in peace Amanda you were a good friend and a great person."

Nancy Worrell's Facebook page lists her as a baker at Golden Corral in Centennial. She's also said to have been studying bakery and pastry arts at the Art Institute of Colorado.

Here's a photo of Worrell....

...and another one: The relationship between King and the two women is described by the Denver Police Department in the following tweet:

As for how King was taken into custody, CBS4 reports that family members dialed 911 and alerted dispatchers to keep an eye out for him, since he might be suicidal. Shortly thereafter, the dark-colored SUV he'd been driving was spotted. After he was pulled over, officers are said to have "connected the dots" and realized he had been involved in the murders.

Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Amanda Anders and Nancy Worrell. Here's a look at King's booking photo.

Continue for our previous coverage of the double murder at the French Quarter apartments. Update, 9:17 a.m. October 30: The Denver Police Department has announced an arrest in a double murder that took place at the French Quarter apartment complex late last night. The suspect is Jose Gabriel King, 22; he was taken into custody shortly after the shooting by members of the Castle Rock Police Department. He's currently being held in Denver County Jail on suspicion of two first-degree murder counts. His mug shot is being withheld at this writing pending the completion of a photo lineup. Meanwhile, identification of the victims will take place once their families have been contacted. Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post, 5:20 a.m.: Late last night, the bodies of two women were discovered inside a unit at the French Quarter apartments complex, located at 3227 South Parker Road -- and while no suspect information has been released thus far, the Denver Police Department is hinting at additional information to come. Here's what we know so far.

The website of what's formally known as French Quarter at Nine Mile Station does a fine job of showing off the complex. Here's the intro from its landing page:
Enjoy the newly upgraded 1 and 2 bedroom homes at French Quarter at Nine Mile Station in Denver CO. The French Quarter offers luxurious features including a fully upgraded clubhouse, state of the art 24 hour fitness center, and cyber & espresso cafe.

Our newly renovated apartments feature modern stainless steel appliances, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, and fixtures. Washers and dryers available in select homes. With close proximity to the light rail and shopping/dinning, we are the perfect place for you to call home.

The first official word of trouble at the complex arrived in the form of numerous tweets from the Denver Police Department. Here's the first....

Representatives of various TV stations raced to the scene, including 9News' Noel Brennan....

....who revealed that a resident reported hearing six or seven gunshots shortly before police arrived. Meanwhile, the folks at 7News made note of a DPD crime lab vehicle appearing on the scene a short time ago:

Meanwhile, two additional DPD tweets suggest that progress is being made toward finding who ended the two womens' lives. Here's the first....

...and here's the second:

We'll update this post when more information is available.

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