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Police believe suspect at large knew victims in Forest City double homicide

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Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina) Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina)
Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina) Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina)
Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina) Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina)
Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina) Scene of double homicide investigation in Forest City. (5/20/17 FOX Carolina)
FOREST CITY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Forest City Police are investigating a double homicide after two people were found dead Friday.

According to Forest City Police Department, investigators found a male and female at a home on the 300 block of Arlington Street with apparent gunshot wounds.

The male victim was found dead on scene and the female victim was transported to the hospital where she later died, according to investigators.

The victims were later identified as 34-year-old Akir Samad Hooper and 37-year-old Stephanie Lynn Walker, both of the residence, police confirmed.

Police said two juveniles fled the home and were not harmed. 

An unidentified male suspect remains on the run, said police. After an investigation, police say they came to believe the suspect was familiar with the victims and the crimes were premeditated.

No arrests have been made.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to help with the investigation. Police have asked neighbors in the area to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

The victims' loved ones shared kind words about Samad and Walker with FOX Carolina on Facebook:

"I remember Akir being the kind of person that could put warmth Into those he came in contact with. His smile could make you forget about the woes of this world if for only a brief moment in time. He's a rare breed, and when you cross paths with someone of his caliber, he leaves something in you. I'm sure his impact will echo throughout entirety, through the lives of those he touched. I'm honored to have shared the same time and space as him in this life experience." - CLiff McKinn

"I always saw Stephanie as my annoying younger bratty sister that I never had but sorta always wanted! We laughed at this all the time! She was also a teacher under me some time back we worked at the same preschool in Columbia Md. She kept me on my toes and could always make me laugh when I was having a hard day. She used to make me the most amazing brownies to simply make me smile. She loved, adored her 2 children and would do anything for them. She was making her life better for them and looking forward to her future with Akir. She wanted others who surrounded her to be happy and would drop everything to help them. She was a gem and I am devastated." - Ruth Smith

"My cousin was a good guy/ didn't get in trouble, didn't start any one of the few good guys that's left In this crazy world." - Willow Graham.

"[Akir] was an amazing friend and father and worked very hard to provide for his family. He will be greatly missed." - Travis Greene

"Stephanie was a great woman and friend, I worked with her at fatz cafe and she always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say, and I would say the same of akir" - Timothy Miller

"I know akir didn't deserve that neither did his girlfriend. Akir he was a sweet and funny guy." - Kee Dantzler

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Rutherford County Central Communications Center at (828) 286-2911.

Stick with FOX Carolina for more on this developing story.

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