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Update: Families grieving during Richmond murder suicide investigation


New details are coming in about the two people involved in that deadly shooting in Richmond's Southside.The standoff happened Saturday in the 3900 block of Rusk Avenue. 

Police say 38-year-old Clarence Taylor II, gunned down his girlfriend, 33-year-old Christine Squire, then shot and injured two Richmond police officers before taking his own life.

Windows are shattered either from bullets or the tear gas thrown into the house.

Squire's relatives are now grieving. "A beautiful person," says Chris McGainey. He is her son's uncle. 

"She loved her kids. I have never, as long as I've known her, got any bad reports on her at all," he said.

Soon after detectives cleared the police tape, people who knew both Squire and Taylor came to pay their respects. 

Leroy Stanford, who says he's known Taylor for 20 years, says the couple had been dating for several years.  He says he's confused about what happened.

"We don't have an answer, that's not him," he said. "Every time you see them together they were happy, they were a beautiful couple. They really enjoyed each other."

Stanford says he was in the neighborhood during the barricade situation that lasted more than five hours, but he never got a chance to talk to Taylor.

"We just kept calling on the phone, it kept going straight to voicemail," he said. Now, he and others say they are praying for the loved one's left behind.

"I want to apologize on behalf of Juny (Taylor's nickname) for the two officers that got shot," says Stanford. "I want to apologize to Christine's family which we know here as Nina."

There are two investigations going on right now -- one into the murder suicide and the other into the use of force by police.

The two officers shot are now out of the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

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