Shasta Co. Sheriff's Office investigating City of Shasta Lake double homicide

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double homicide after two bodies were found Friday afternoon in the City of Shasta Lake.

According to a press release sent out by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office late Tuesday afternoon, deputies with the City of Shasta Lake Patrol Division were dispatched to 500 Black Canyon Road at 12:14 p.m. for a report of two people found dead in the area.

Upon arrival, deputies found the two people who were later identified as Michael Thomas Bingham Jr., 31, and Angela Lynne McConnell, 26, both from City of Shasta Lake.

Officials said Bingham and McConnell were living in a transient camp on the undeveloped property and were in a dating relationship.

The Major Crimes Unit with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths as homicides.

Autopsies are tentatively scheduled for this week to determine the cause of deaths.

Officials said no one is in custody related to this investigation and there is no indication the general public is at risk.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said no further information will be released about the investigation at this time.

In the midst of the homicide investigation, one Hoopa Valley family is looking for answers, as to why their niece and cousin, Angela McConnell was brutally murdered.

"We loved Angela, my family and I with our whole hearts. You know, we know she was taken from us tragically. But we also want to celebrate her life and what she meant to us," said Darin Marshall Junior, Angela's cousin.

On Friday September 7, Angela and Michael were found dead, on the 500 block of Black Canyon Road, leaving Angela's family shocked.

Since then, they've said they have more questions than answers.

"That's what we would like to know, you know just what happened. That's all we want is just some justice for Angela," said Darin.

Police reports indicated Angela and Michael were in a relationship and living in a transient camp, when their lives were taken abruptly.

"She was cut short and taken from us... Very much," said Darin.

Darin said the family is trying to do their best with her passing. But he added it doesn't help that the way they found out about her death wasn't ideal.

"The deceased boyfriend's sister had gotten ahold of the family, and Angela's mom and all of us and that's basically how we found out. So we haven't really heard much from the Sheriff's office," said Darin.

Now, Darin hopes to remember Angela for the loving woman that she was.

"She was always doing something, or planning on doing something going somewhere. She had a big family and she was a big family person. She loved her family very much. She was one of those type of people you know," said Darin.

He also has something to say to the person responsible.

"What I would like to say is, you know, the truth will come out... In the end. I believe that. I have to," said Darin.

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