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Two 1987 University at Buffalo graduates and another man and woman were found handcuffed and fatally shot in the head Tuesday in a New York City apartment after what police said was an apparent drug-related dispute or robbery.

Marian J. Brown, 23, of Gloversville, one of the victims, earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and graduated with departmental honors, UB Spokeswoman Mary Beth Spina said today.

A second victim, Edward Salley, 27, who lived in the East Harlem apartment where the slayings took place, graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics.

The two other victims were Sherrie Salley, 22, and her husband, James Salley, 24, both of the East Harlem apartment. Edward and James Salley were brothers.

The victims were found lying face down in two adjoining bedrooms, said Sgt. Raymond O'Donnell, a New York City police spokesman.

Police said they had no suspects in the killings.

Officers discovered the bodies after neighbors reported hearing shots at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police weren't sure, however, when the victims were shot because the bodies had already started to decompose when they were found, O'Donnell said.

Police also found more than 100 vials of crack and another 1,000 empty crack vials in the 16th-floor apartment at 70 E. 108th St.

A safe, with no money, and two telephone pagers -- commonly used by drug couriers -- also were found in the apartment, police said.

O'Donnell said there was no sign of forced entry, but the apartment had been ransacked.

"I would have to say to you the manner in which they were shot, the manner in which they were found, the empty vials, the full vials . . . Those people in that apartment were involved in drugs," O'Donnell said.

Neighbors of the Salleys said they doubted the family was involved with drugs.

Ms. Brown was employed by the Tryon School in Johnstown, a .Y. apartment
facility operated by the state Division for Youth, Gloversville police said. O'Donnell said Ms. Brown supervised delinquent children at the facility. She also was in the Army Reserve.

Manhattan Chief of Detectives Aaron H. Rosenthal said the men's hands were manacled behind their backs. James Salley had been shot twice in the head, and his brother had been shot once in the head.

The women were found in an adjoining bedroom. Mrs. Salley's hands were handcuffed behind her back, and she was shot once in the head and once in the back.

Ms. Brown was shot once in the head, and a handcuff dangled from her right wrist.

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