UPDATE: A mother and daughter found dead in their west Longview apartment on Wednesday were killed by gunshot wounds, and the mother's ex-husband is who investigators want to talk to, according to Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Arthur Fort.
Fort said investigators told him this morning that autopsy results determined that 28-year-old La Toya Nichole Reese and her daughter, 11-year-old Mya Rosetta Nichol Sebron, died from gunshot wounds. It was not known how many gunshot wounds to each victim, Fort said.
"That's all they would tell me," Fort said.
Reese and her daughter moved to the 100 block of Jester Court, where their bodies were found, in September.
UPDATE: Longview Police Department:
LONGVIEW (KYTX) - On October 10, 2012 at 3:01 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the 100 Block Jester Circle for a welfare check. When police arrived they located the bodies of 28 year-old Latoya Nicole Reese and her daughter, 11 year-old Mya Rosetta Nichol Sebron, both of Longview.
Both victims suffered severe trauma and were pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Arthur Fort. The bodies were sent to a facility in Tyler, Texas, for autopsy.
Police do have a person of interest at this time but are not identifying the subject.
Longview Police are asking for anyone with information about this homicide to contact Detective Terry Davis at 903-237-1157. If the tipster wishes to remain anonymous they can also contact Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-STOP(7867) or submit a tip online at www.greggcountycrimestoppers.org.
UPDATE: Pine Tree ISD Communications Director Vickie Echols released this statement Thursday:
The Pine Tree ISD family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students. The school district's crisis management procedures are in place to help children with their reactions to this tragedy.
As part of our crisis management plan, we have provided school counselors to meet with students this morning and throughout the day, in the student's classroom. And counselors will be available throughout the week to help our students, faculty, and staff cope with this terrible tragedy.
Parents have been notified through a letter to contact the school should they have questions or concerns about their own son or daughter as they process the news about one of their classmates.
LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The two bodies found inside a Longview duplex in the 100 block of Jester Circle Wednesday evening have been identified.
According to Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Arthur Fort, the woman found is 28-year-old La Toya Nichole Alex Reese and the child is her 11-year-old daughter.
Authorities are ruling the deaths as a double homicide, and the bodies have been sent to Tyler for autopsies.
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