Family of Hammond murder victims seeks answers

Family of Hammond double murder victims seeks answers

HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - In a small home on a street where foliage is plentiful, the pain was palpable.

"Please, if somebody knows something, please say something," said Tawanda Bell.

Hammond Police said someone shot and killed 39-year-old Toreo Thompson and his aunt.

"We have two boys and a little girl on the way," Bell said. "I'm six months pregnant. He was a great guy, a hard worker and a great father to my boys, and I know he was going to be a great father to this one - all he wanted for a little girl."

Investigators said 65-year-old Beverly Thompson was found fatally wounded outside a home in the 1400 Block of Hoover Street around 1 a.m. Toreo Thompson was discovered inside the home.

Family members said Beverly lived at the home and that her nephew lived there sometimes, as well.

"She was a good woman, she had a heart of gold. She was awesome, like I say, she was the neighborhood housekeeper, neighborhood nanny," said Lakisha Dedrick, who said she is Toreo Thompson's common-law sister-in-law.

"It's horrible. She doesn't mess with anybody. She'll cook and clean, babysit your kids and that's it," said Bell, who was engaged to Toreo.

Through her tears, Bell spoke of pleasant memories.

"He loved to cook," she said. Everybody loved his cooking. We just got off vacation, what, a week ago? We went to Orlando with the boys. That was his first vacation in probably years."

Toreo Thompson's sister-in-law said she knew he had an argument with some people, but it was months ago, and she believed it had been resolved.

"He had a threat out on his life from that altercation, but we thought it was squashed and other than that he hasn't been beefed out with anyone," said Dedrick.

"I don't know, I don't know.He really didn't bother nobody. He didn't go nowhere. If he wasn't at home, he was over here," Bell said.

And now the pregnant mother looks for strength to cope as the couple's oldest turns 9 on Tuesday.

"This is devastating. I'm just trying to take one day at a time," said Bell.

Police do not yet have a motive for the murders.

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