Police: Pair found dead in Muskegon

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Muskegon police are investigating after two people were found dead early Sunday.

It happened at a home on W. Sherman Boulevard near Lincoln Street.

Longtime couple Charles Cooper and Linda Martin were stabbed, family members said detectives told them.

“How could they murder two people, especially my brother?” Cooper’s sister Linda Austin told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone Sunday night. “(He was) 70 years old, on oxygen, can’t help himself and watch his girlfriend get killed.”

Martin was in her late 60s, Austin added.

In a news release Monday morning, Muskegon Police Department said the victims were a 71-year-old Muskegon man and a 66-year-old Muskegon woman.

Muskegon police say a person of interest is in custody. Muskegon County Jail records show a woman who was arrested Sunday is being held on a homicide charge.

Police say there is no threat to the public. They plan to release more information soon.

Austin said the family is worried about covering funeral expenses. She’s set up a GoFundMe page where people can help.

“We’ve got to pay for both funerals, his daughter does,” she said tearfully.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.

**Correction: A previous version of this article said the deaths happened Saturday. Police say the bodies were found around 5 a.m. Sunday. The original version of this article also stated the victim’s sister’s last name is Cooper. It is actually Austin.

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