WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -- Waterbury police continue to investigate a double shooting that left a husband and wife dead on Thursday.

On Friday afternoon, police identified the married couple as LaRhonda Jones and Eric Jones.

New Haven police confirmed Eric Jones was an officer in the department. He retired in 2012.

Neighbors said LaRhonda was a local pastor at the Rim City Church. 

"She was an encourager. She was a woman of faith, she loved God, she was a prayer warrior. Anything she could to help, she was just right there," said Jennifer Whiten, friend of LaRhonda. 

While a cause of death hasn't been finalized, their injuries were consistent with gunshot wounds and police found a handgun at the scene.

Waterbury police made the grim discovery on Thursday morning during a well-being check inside the condo on Perkins Avenue.

Police needed a property manager to unlock the condo, so it doesn't appear anyone broke in.

Residents were stunned when they saw their neighborhood turn into a crime scene.

“It’s mouth-opening, it’s jaw-dropping. You don’t really see stuff like that happen in this neighborhood,” said Donte Keos.

While police haven’t said what the relationship is between the pair, a neighbor said she saw them in passing and called them a couple.

The neighbor said they were known for going to church.

This week, Waterbury police officers have been dealing with back-to-back cases involving deaths.

The manhunt continues for the boyfriend of Janet Avalo-Alvarez who was found dead in Wolcott earlier this week. She had been reported missing last week by family members.

Church leaders at Rim City Church said they will have services in her honor on Saturday morning. 

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