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Bond set at $2M in Post Falls killings

Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga faces two counts of first degree murder

Bond set at $2M in Post Falls killings

POST FALLS, Idaho - Bond was set Wednesday at $2 Million for Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, the suspect arrested by Post Falls police Tuesday for the killing of a woman and young girl in their Post Falls home

Morales-Larranaga, 24, was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop after leaving a woman's home where he confessed that he had strangled his wife -- Facunda Velenzuela Leon -- and his wife's five-year-old daughter Dayanna Valencia.

He's facing two counts of first degree murder for the killings, which were discovered by police when they went to his apartment at the Tullamore Commons complex Tuesday and found two bodies inside the residence.

"We have our work cut out for us," Post Falls Police Capt. Pat Knight said. "What led up to it? Who are we dealing with?"

Residents in the apartment complex where he lived with his wife and children were shocked by the killings.

"It's the saddest thing I could ever imagine. I mean I can't believe this would happen anywhere much less the same building I live in," Megan, who lives in the same building that the family lived in, said.

Megan said her neighbors were quiet but very friendly.

"The woman looked like such a nice lady, and he seemed like a very nice man to be perfectly honest," she said.

The little girl who was murdered in the apartment was about the same age as Megan's own daughter, making the killings more heartbreaking for her.

"The little girl that I met there was a sweetheart," she said. "If their door would be open the little girl would run to the door and say hi to my daughter."

There were two other children who were living in the apartment; Morales-Larranaga took them from the apartment to the residence of the woman he allegedly confessed the crimes too.

Those children are now in protective custody.

Morales-Larranaga, who prosecutors said has no prior criminal record, is being held in the Kootenai County Jail.