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Police still investigating Dosker Manor, Portland murders

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A sickly man is attacked hours after leaving the hospital, and a woman is shot in the head.  We're learning more about the two most recent murders in Louisville, finding a family in shock and a neighbor with regret. 

"I just want to know why, why in the world anyone could do this sick man like this," says Ashley Vincent of her uncle's murder.

Family members found 61-year-old Orville Avis beaten and stabbed to death inside his Dosker Manor assisted living apartment Thursday evening.

They went to check because Avis wasn't answering the phone:  "He had just had surgery," Vincent says, "and was in the hospital with pneumonia and the flu...He gave everybody anything. Anything anybody wanted he was there and it's horrible."

Kindness may have cost Vincent his life.  Police arrested James Seay, a 68-year-old homeless man for his murder.  Police are trying to find out what they knew about one another.

That's not the only case homicide where the motive is unclear.  Guy White has also been arrested, accused of shooting his fiancé in the back of the head around eight Thursday morning at their Portland neighborhood home.

The coroner's office still has not identified the woman, but confirms she is an African American female in her mid-forties. They say her cause of death was a gunshot wound.

Police say White buried the gun in the alley, ditched the shell casings, and then changed his mind, eight hours later digging up the weapon, washing it, and calling police.

Neighbor Frank Pennington saw problems:  "She asked for a ride and I didn't give her a ride because I didn't know what's going with them."  Pennington says she asked for a ride to 18th and Duncan, a city-run affordable housing complex.  "Maybe she was trying to get away," Pennington says, "I don't know."

LMPD says when they have to work multiple homicides, it's very taxing on detectives because they're splitting their resources. 

Ironically, the Portland murder happened one block from where Avis lived with his niece before moving to Dosker Manor just four months ago.

The coroner has not released a name on the Portland murder victim yet.  We're told the couple had just moved to the state and officials are having trouble tracking down a next of kin.

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