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BATON ROUGE - New details are emerging tonight about a double murder that left two men dead.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office conducted autopsies on 46-year-old Johnson Armstrong and 45-year-old Corey Steptore. Both men died from a loss of blood due to trauma. The coroner stopped short of saying they were stabbed.

According to people at the scene Saturday, a woman who was getting married was going to get her hair done when she made the gruesome discovery.

Alphonse Denham lives in the area and knew Armstrong well.

"Just certain things you can't put your finger on sometimes," Denham said.

"He was a good person, would help anyone he could," Pastor Merthell Sanders said speaking of Armstrong. "Anything came up in the church he was a part of that."

Many of the neighbors we talked to didn't want to go on camera, but they all said Johnson was a warm and cordial person, and none of this makes sense.

Tonight, Corey Steptore's family is demanding justice. The man, an instructor at Blue Cliff College in Metairie, is being mourned across the New Orleans Metro Area by his students this evening.

"He was loved by many," Steptore's family said. "Our hearts are broken. This grief cannot be explained. There are no words to describe this pain."

As neighbors continue to search for answers, they'll miss the smiling man they say brought smiles to this quiet block. They had this message for those responsible:

"The person that did that will have to answer to the Lord," Denham said. "Gonna have to answer to it, and he's going to answer for what he did, the person that did this, and he needs to."

The Baton Rouge Police Department says they have no suspects or known motives at this point in the investigation.

A check of Baton Rouge area arrests reveals that neither man has a criminal record.

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