UPDATE (CBS46) — The Cobb County Police Department have confirmed that a double homicide happened overnight at a home on Verbena Drive in Acworth.

CCPD says they responded to the home shortly after 9:30 a.m. Nov. 18. Inside the home, they found 31-year-old Timothy Justin Hicks and 31-year-old Amber Hicks with gunshot wounds. A 2-year-old toddler, who was unharmed, was also found in the home. The toddler is being cared for by family members.

It appears that the double homicide happened overnight and an "unknown assailant (or assailants)" is responsible. Police say there is no indication that the assailant(s) stayed i the area. 

Anyone with information about this double homicide is asked to call 770-499-3945 or email cobbpolicecrimetips@cobbcounty.org.

Neighbors and colleagues of Justin Hicks confirmed to CBS46 he was a firefighter for Cherokee County Fire & EMS and had recently finished training to become a medic. It's unclear how long he had been with the department. 

Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather shared the following statement about Hicks' passing:

"It is a sad day for our department to officially announce the loss of our brother, Justin Hicks, who was found deceased yesterday along with his wife, Amber Hicks. Firefighter Justin Hicks has been a member of Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Service for over 6 years.  He has always been recognized as a happy, funny, loved by many kind of guy. He was always a highly motivated, energetic individual who deeply loved his job as a firefighter and consistently worked to do better and be better every day.  He was really thrilled on his recent accomplishment of completing his paramedic program training. Justin has touched and impacted many lives, and he will be dearly missed. Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of a member of our family and his lovely wife. Cherokee County Fire sends out our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Justin Hicks. We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of the Hicks family and our fire family as we mourn our loss and prepare for the coming days. There is still an active investigation taking place, and no other comments will be released at this time."

A procession of emergency vehicles transported Hicks body from his home Thursday night. 

A GoFundMe was created to help with funeral expenses. 

Initial story below


ACWORTH, Ga. (CBS46) -- A death investigation is underway after two people were found dead inside an Acworth home Thursday afternoon. 

Authorities say they found the two deceased victims in the home on Verbena Drive in Acworth around 9:30 a.m. During the investigation, officer also located a toddler who they say was unharmed. 

This is a developing story. CBS46 has a team headed to the scene and we will provide more updates as they become available.

Verbena Drive in Acworth

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