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Double-murder suspect known as friendly, helpful to neighbors

Posted: December 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Lance Holger Anderson - the friendly quiet new 60-year-old neighbor who moved into the condominiums on Claudette Street less than half a year ago - delivered a Christmas tree to the woman who lives across from his condo, the woman told reporters Wednesday.

One resident at the Claudette apartment complex said she saw the couple return from a medical appointment Tuesday, with the man helping his obviously debilitated wife.

The couple that residents were just beginning to know has now stunned them with news of a murder victim found inside their condo.  Anderson was tall but his wife was short and appeared older, they said.

On Wednesday morning residents of the sprawling condominium complex on Claudette Street in Canyon Country recalled hearing gunshots at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“I was lying in bed when I heard two loud ‘booms,’” said Kristen Booker, a neighbor. “It sounded far away and muffled. We didn’t know it was gunshots until today.”

Booker described the couple who lived at the residence as “nice and quiet” having moved into the apartments about five months ago.

“Our son heard it also,” said Booker’s husband, Lee. “It sounded distant to me.  It’s unbelievable.”

The couple was friendly, said neighbor Jay Johnson.

“We didn’t know where it was coming from,” Johnson said, referring to the sound of gunshots. “I came out on the balcony, I was waiting and waiting and I saw and heard nothing.”

Neighbors said they often saw the couple washing their car, a PT Cruiser, in the shared driveway of the complex. They described him as a chatty, friendly man who doted on his frail wife.  
Anderson seemed like the “sweetest guy you could ever imagine,” said neighbor Gale Madrigal.

“He treated her like she was a jewel ... because she was so fragile,” Madrigal said.

Kristen and Lee Booker said Anderson offered them food and helped moving furniture after fire damaged their home in September. Another neighbor recalled Anderson fixing her flat tire.

Neighbors said Anderson indicated he had moved from Arizona because of his wife’s health. He often talked to neighbors but his wife was more secluded. Neighbors recall her exchanging a word or two as she sat on the couple’s patio, smoking or drinking coffee.

Sometimes Anderson was bending over her, caressing her hand, Madrigal said.

Two weeks ago, Anderson offered Madrigal his artificial Christmas tree.

He told Madrigal that the couple wouldn’t be doing anything for Christmas this year, she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


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