Deaths of 2 teens at Arizona high school was murder-suicide, police say

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Police: 2 Girls Killed in Shooting at Phoenix-Area High School

The shooting deaths of two close friends at an Arizona high school Friday morning appears to have been a murder-suicide, police said.

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The two 15-year-old Independence High School sophomores were not identified by police.

Their bodies were found in an isolated part of campus just before 8 a.m., after a shooting was reported at the high school.

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Buses make their way to bring parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
A police officer tries to give instructions to parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
A Phoenix police officer, center, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to board buses to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two students died in a shooting at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
A Phoenix police officer, center, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to board buses to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students died in a shooting at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
A Phoenix police officer, left, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
Parents and others wait near a high school in Glendale, Ariz., to be reunited with students after police say two female students died in a shooting at the school in a Phoenix suburb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Parents wait to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
A Glendale police officer tries to give instructions to parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
A mother and daughter reunite, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
A father and daughter reunite in a vacant field, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Parents and students reunite, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students walk to their parents after being released from lockdown, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students embrace after leaving campus, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students walks through a vacant field after being released from lockdown, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students talk on their phones as they cut through a vacant field after being released from lock down, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Kambra Brown, left, runs to hug her son, Jesse Brown, 14, with her other son, Boyce Brown, 5, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Three siblings embrace, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
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Glendale police said investigators believe one girl fatally shot the other and then killed herself. A suicide note was found at the scene, police said.

"During the processing of the scene, a suicide note was located," police said in a statement. "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appearing to also be in a relationship."

Each girl suffered one gunshot wound, Glendale Union High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran said.

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Gunshots were heard but it doesn't appear any other students witnessed the shooting, police said. The shooting led police to lock down the school of around 2,000.

"Our hearts and minds are with the families who lost children today. We offer our deepest condolences," Independence Principal Rob Ambrose said in a letter to parents.

Social workers will be at the high school Saturday as well as next week to help students and family members, the school district said.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of these two girls," Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said in a statement.

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