NAMPA -- Police have released the identities of the two men whose bodies were discovered in an apartment in Nampa Saturday morning.
The victims are 22-year-old Dagoberto "Buddy" Lopez Jr. of Nampa and 21-year-old Esiel Jesus Oseguera of Caldwell. Both men had been shot multiple times, the Canyon County Coroner's Office found.
The case is being investigated as a double homicide. The young men's killer has not been identified, and remains on the loose.
"It's not something that we come across often, however, in law enforcement it is something that happens from time to time, so it is something we're taking very seriously and devoting a lot of resources to," said Sgt. Don Peck with the Nampa Police Department.
Peck says they do not believe this was a random act and they also don't believe there is an ongoing threat to the community.
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"This tragic crime is our top priority right now," Chief Joe Huff of the Nampa Police Department said in a press release. "We are devoting all of our attention to solving this case and locating the person or persons responsible."
Bodies discovered in Maple Street apartment
Lopez and Oseguera's bodies were found inside an apartment in the 900 block of South Maple Street, not far from Northwest Nazarene University.
Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Riha said the woman who lives in the apartment told police she came home to find the bodies of the two men inside. The woman told investigators she did not know either victim.
"That's some of the stuff that we're still working on right now," Sgt. Peck said. "We do believe they had ties to the residence, we're just still trying to piece together some of what those ties were and how that fits in."
Sgt. Peck says both men had several gun shot wounds to their torsos and they believe they died between six and eight hours before they were discovered early Saturday morning.
It's unclear whether the men were killed inside the apartment, or how they ended up there. A motive in the slayings also remains unknown and investigators are looking to public to offer some answers.
"The word on the street," said Sgt. Peck. "We're looking for that information that people have that's just being passed around and maybe it's not making its way to us through normal channels."
A question that has come up in the investigation is if this was drug or gang related. Sgt. Peck says those are two scenarios they always look into. Court records show Lopez Jr. was on probation for selling and possessing drugs, while Oseguera was on probation for harboring and drug possession.
Lopez's family released the following statement to KTVB.
"Dagoberto, 'Buddy,' was struggling with demons and trying to come to terms with his problems. He was strongly independent but Buddy was not a member of any gang. Nampa PD and the Victim Witness Coordinator are doing stellar work in pursuing the person(s) who shot and killed him as well as keeping us informed. Buddy was loved by many people, family and friends alike. Please keep his mother and five sisters in your prayers."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Nampa Police at 208-465-2257 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.