A Tallahassee, Fla., neighborhood is shocked and still reeling from the grizzly murder of a mother and her three young children last Saturday in their home (pictured below).
Tallahassee police have identified the slain victims as Brandi Peters, 27, and her children, twins Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, 6 (pictured above), and Jovante Segura, 3. Investigators, who described the homicide scene as "violent," are scratching their heads about who could have committed such a despicable act.
Although there has been an increase in break-ins in the Peter's five-year-old subdivision, robbery has been ruled out, according to police, because there was no sign of forced entry or broken glass strewn about anywhere within the modest single-family home.
The neighborhood is mostly made up of families and is surrounded by dense woods. It is only a few miles away from Florida A&M and Florida State universities.
The bodies were discovered, after police were tipped off by an unidentified caller at around 10:15 a.m. Saturday morning:
"We had a neighbor call us who was concerned, so we responded to try to look around the house and so forth, and that's when we discovered the bodies," Tallahassee Police Department spokesman Officer David McCranie told the AP. "There are obvious signs of violence" in the house, he added. "This is a very shocking and unusual case for us."
Neighbors told police that Peters was a single parent who was a stay-at-home mom. A neighbor who lives across the street from Peters told police that the Peters had not been married. Her children have different fathers.
One woman told the AP that although police patrolled the area, home invasions were still very prevalent and crime was an ongoing problem for the residents.
Autopsies were performed on all of the murder victims on Sunday. Police did not release any cause-of-death specifics about Peters and her children but did categorize the tragic incident as a homicide. Police are asking anyone with any information about the family to call the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200.
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