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Texas Neighbors Find Four Bodies in Home

July 20, 2003

HOUSTON (AP) _ Angel Amador heard screams on his quiet tree-lined street, and ran two houses down to find the bullet-ridden bodies of four people in the living room.

Detectives said each of the victims was shot multiple times and two had blunt trauma to their heads, and officials have no motive.

Police identified the victims Sunday as Tiffany Rowell, 18, who lived at the home, Marcus Ray Precella, 19; Rachel Ann Koloroutis, 18; and Adelbert Nicholas Sanchez, 21.

``When we walked in, what we saw was Tiffany sitting on the couch. She had blood all on her chest and a hole in her head,″ Amador said Saturday, a day after finding the bodies.

``Another guy was sitting on the couch. It looked like they were watching TV. The TV was on. I saw a bullet hole in his head, and his shirt was covered with blood.″

Another neighbor, Doyle Smith, frantically went through the house searching other rooms for anyone who might be alive, Amador said. Smith then noticed another person, a male, behind the couch, also shot.

Chester D. Rowell, 57, was helping another daughter move when the tragedy occurred, neighbors said.

Amador has lived two houses away from Tiffany Rowell and her father, a San Jacinto College music instructor, for about 15 years.

Amador said Tiffany’s mother died of cancer several years ago and her father had remarried and moved to another home. Rowell allowed his daughter to stay in the house in Clear Lake, a suburb in south Houston, so she could graduate from her high school, Amador said.

He said Tiffany Rowell had lived at the home with her boyfriend for a while and the house had become a hangout for local teens.

``There were a lot more kids coming in and out of there,″ he said.

Tiffany Rowell graduated from Clear Lake High School in May, Amador said. He said she was a polite girl who never caused problems.

On Saturday, a stuffed animal, two roses and a bunch of daisies had been laid at the front doorstep.

``You hope that something like this happened over some reason,″ Smith said. ``I would like to have some sense of reason.″