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Police eye 2 suspicious deaths in quiet Sausalito

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) -- Police in a popular San Francisco Bay Area tourist town were trying to determine Monday if the suspicious deaths of a couple inside a home were the city's first homicides in five years.

Officers discovered the bodies of Robyn Chan, 51, and his girlfriend, Mara Truly, 41, after responding to reports of gunfire early Sunday, Sausalito police Sgt. Stacie Gregory said.

Police have released few details about the deaths.

Sausalito is located on one side of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Sherrie Farber, who lives next door to the house where the bodies were found, told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1p8bSvZ ) that the couple that lived there had hosted a party Saturday night and invited several neighbors.

Farber and her husband did not attend and were awakened later by the sound of gunfire in what she called a safe neighborhood.

“It was a huge shock,” she said. “There's never been anything like this here.”

Friends told investigators that Truly had just moved in or was about to, and the couple threw a party to introduce her to neighbors and friends, the Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/1qZKAYA) reported.

The newspaper said the last homicide in Sausalito occurred in 2009 when a man killed his live-in girlfriend. Chet Turner pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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