City police have identified the man and woman who were found dead in a burning car in West Baltimore early Friday.

Alysia Strickland, 33, of the 600 block of Dover Street and Taewon Tuck, 34, of the 2000 block of N. Bentalou Street were both found dead with gunshot wounds to the head, police said.

The fire was noticed around 5 a.m. Friday in the 2000 block of N. Monroe Street in the Mondawmin neighborhood, fire officials said. The car was thought to have been in the alley behind 1800 block of Clifton Ave.

Strickland was the daughter of retired Roanoke County circuit judge Diane Strickland and Art Strickland, an attorney with the firm Strickland, Diviney, & Strelka in Roanoke, Va. Art Strickland's practice areas include products liability, criminal defense and personal injury, according to his firm's website.

In the 1980s, Art Strickland helped defend Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt when evangelical pastor Jerry Falwell accused the magazine of libel. Hustler had run a parody ad that featured Falwell describing an incestuous sexual escapade. The case traveled to the Supreme Court, which ruled against Falwell.

Art Strickland's firm on Monday issued a statement on behalf of the family, requesting privacy as they grieved the loss of their "beautiful" daughter.

"We greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers," the statement said.

Police are also investigating a separate Sunday night homicide in which a victim was found in a car.

Northeast district officers, after responding to calls reporting gunfire, found a man who had suffered gunshot wounds lying in the 1700 block of Montpelier Street. They also found an unresponsive woman a block away, lying in a car with the front passenger door open. Both were pronounced dead shortly before 11:30 p.m. 

amatas@baltsun.com