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Fathers found murdered in Henrico apartment

Posted at 11:24 AM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-25 18:29:13-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The deaths of two men found in a Henrico apartment Monday have been ruled a homicide. Larnell A. Logan Jr., 25, of Chamberlayne Avenue, and Titus T. Howard, 33, of Phaup Street, had obvious signs of trauma to their upper bodies, Henrico Police indicated.

"The motive is unknown, and detectives are continuing their investigation," Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Eley said.

Larnell A Logan Jr. (PHOTO: Logan family)

Larnell A Logan Jr. (PHOTO: Logan family)

Grieving family members gathered outside the apartment located in the 5500 block of Pony Farm Drive in the Colonial Apartment complex Tuesday morning. They formed a prayer circle upon hearing news about the deaths of their loved ones.

Investigators were called to the apartment at about 11:45 p.m. Monday after someone discovered the bodies. The initial call for service was described as a medical emergency.

"Upon police arrival, there were two adult males found deceased," Henrico Police Lt. Anthony Mehfoud wrote in an email.

Otis Eddleton described his nephew Titus as a humble man and a caring father to his 5-year-old son Malik.

"That's what hurts me the most -- that he is leaving his only child behind,"Eddleton said.

Eddleton said Titus got his GED, and was on the way to starting a new chapter in his life.

"We lost our 14-year-old nephew in 2005 due to a homicide," Eddleton said. "Now, we got to go through this again."

Gerald Huggins, who lives near where the bodies were discovered, said he did not hear anything unusual.

"No one heard a thing. No one even heard a police siren. All I heard was maybe somebody beep their horn," Huggins said.

Both Logan and Titus were fathers of young children, Logan leaves behind a daughter.

Titus Howard (PHOTO: Howard family photo)

Titus Howard (PHOTO: Howard family photo)

"Another young one growing up without a father. That's the last thing we need. It actually sucks," Higgins said. "I was blessed to have my father in my life, but that sucks because I have seen what it can do to people."

"You going to have to answer to that on Judgement day," Eddleton said as he addressed his nephew's killer. " I can't be the one to judge you, but we all have a higher power that we have to answer to."

Howard had a criminal record in Richmond Circuit Court that included a 2003 conviction on cocaine and heroin charges. Logan Jr. was scheduled to go to court next week for identity theft. Last month, he was found guilty of trespassing after being forbidden from a property, according to online court records.

The Colonial Apartment complex is located in the central section of Henrico near Azalea Avenue and Wilkinson Road, not far from Henrico High School.

Police have not yet released any information about a suspect in the homicide. They are waiting for the Medical Examiner to determine how the men died.

Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. This is a developing story.