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Victims of west Edmonton homicides had criminal pasts

Police reveal identities of man and woman found dead in west Edmonton
WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton police have released the names of the man and woman who were found murdered in a west end home on Wednesday. But as Julia Wong reports, there are still many unanswered questions related to the case.

EDMONTON — The man and woman found dead in a west Edmonton home Wednesday have been identified as Irfan Ahmed Qureshi and Suzanne Marie Tran.

Police said Thursday that Qureshi, 37, and Tran, 27, died as a result of gunshot wounds. It’s believed the pair were in a relationship.

Qureshi had a lengthy criminal history dating back to the late 1990s when he was sentenced to four years for trafficking a controlled substance.

He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years for 16 weapons charges in connection to a March 2005 incident, but given credit for time served.

In 2012, Qureshi pleaded guilty to obstructing a peace officer and was given 60 days behind bars.

A source tells Global News Qureshi was currently on statutory release for several drug and weapons-related charges.

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Qureshi’s family sent a statement to Global News on Thursday night, which read, in part: “To us, he was a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend. Irfan will be greatly missed.”

The statement says Qureshi will be remembered at a private service and that the family is asking for privacy as they mourn their loss.

Irfan Ahmed Qureshi has been identified as one of the people found dead at a Hamptons home Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Irfan Ahmed Qureshi has been identified as one of the people found dead at a Hamptons home Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Credit: Irfan Qureshi's Facebook Page
Irfan Ahmed Qureshi has been identified as one of the people found dead at a Hamptons home Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Irfan Ahmed Qureshi has been identified as one of the people found dead at a Hamptons home Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Credit: Irfan Qureshi's Facebook Page

Tran’s criminal history dates back to 2008 when she was found guilty of possession for the purpose of trafficking. In 2015, she was given a conditional sentence for the same charge.

Qureshi and Tran are Edmonton’s seventh and eighth homicide victims of 2016, police said.

Police would not release details on any potential suspect(s).

A real estate agent found their bodies inside a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street at around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The home was listed on MLS on March 17, 2016 but the listing was terminated Thursday. The duplex was advertised as a single family home with three bedrooms. The home is six years old.

Amanda Moledina lives in the Hamptons and said she came home Wednesday to a heavy police presence in her neighbourhood. Police asked her several questions about the man who lived in the home.

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“They asked us if we knew the guy. We knew which house it was. He asked us how long he’s been here, just some simple questions – if we had seen him yesterday or today,” Moledina said.

“He’s pretty quiet. We see him most days.”

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Watch below: Raw video of the crime scene from the Global 1 News helicopter Wednesday afternoon

RAW VIDEO: Edmonton police investigate suspicious deaths in the Hamptons
RAW VIDEO: Edmonton police investigate suspicious deaths in the Hamptons

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street  in west Edmonton on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street in west Edmonton on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Brad Gowan, Global News
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Brad Gowan, Global News
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Shallima Maharaj, Global News
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Two people were found dead at a home in the area of 49 Avenue and 213 Street Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Shallima Maharaj, Global News