KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A young mother of three and her boyfriend were found shot to death Monday inside their apartment in Kenner by one of the woman's children.
At the scene, the pain was far too much for family of the victims to conceal. Women and men clutched each other in hopes of remaining standing while other others wailed with grief.
"It was cold-hearted, and the last person you have to answer to is God. He's going to handle whoever you may be," said Shaketha Kimbrough, whose brother was one of the murder victims.
Kenner Police were called to the 2100 block of Idaho Avenue just before 7 a.m. The bodies of 31-year-old Raynell Kimbrough and his girlfriend, Dawn Ellen Scott, 28, were discovered in an upstairs bedroom of Apt. D, according to Kenner Police.
"Both of them had multiple gunshots wounds," said Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich.
Police said Scott was still bed when she died; Kimbrough was found on the floor next to the bed. The couple's infant daughter was still lying on the bed, but was not harmed.
"Didn't find a gun in the house, so it certainly has everything of a homicide," said Kenner Police spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor.
The gruesome discovery of the coupled happened in the worst way.
"The 10-year-old heard gunshots this morning, entered the bedroom, saw his mother, exited the residence, went to a neighbor's home at which time we were notified," McGregor said.
A 2-year-old was also in the apartment when the shooting occurred. None of the children was hurt.
Scott's mother appeared stronger than most at the crime scene. She spoke of her faith in God and told FOX 8 News that her daughter was a "good girl" who did not deserve to die.
"You know, you can get caught up with the wrong ones. She didn't have no friends. She didn't have nobody who would do her this. She just had a baby, like I told her, 'stop, you moving too fast, stay home.' But she went by my mama's house last night, and they came by and I talked to her," Ellen Scott said.
Kimbrough's grandfather, siblings and other family members had dismay on their faces. They, too, want answers.
"For them to literally put his girlfriend in the middle of this, a mother of three, I mean why? Whatever the situation may be, if it was a beef with my brother, she had nothing to do with this. This girl was a loving person, a working mother," said Shaketha Kimbrough of her brother's girlfriend.
"I don't have anything to say - nothing - because they're going to get their day," said another sister , Natacha Kimbrough.
Scott's mother, though distraught, said repeatedly that she wants custody of her daughter's three children, but child protective services was called to the scene.
Police have established no motive for the murders. They said there were no sign of forced entry, leading neighbors to speculate that the shooter or shooters knew the victims.
"Just to wake up to something like that this early in the morning, the tragedy, and just to know they're so young. They shouldn't - their lives shouldn't be gone this soon," said Veronica Braggs.
"My brother was a loving person. He may have his ups, and may have had his downs, but he never would do nobody what they did him," said Shaketha Kimbrough.
Police said neighbors saw a gold or champagne colored vehicle that looked like a Ford Taurus leaving the area soon after the shooting.