Victim's family member: 5-year-old girl was at Detroit home when 3 were killed, including her mother

Published On: Mar 07 2013 05:15:52 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 10:11:58 PM EST

Detroit police said two children were inside the house where three people were found shot to death Thursday.


According to one of the first family members to arrive at the west Detroit house on Coyle Street, the 5-year-old daughter of one of the three victims was in the house. She apparently had been with the bodies for several hours.

"Now I think she is going to be traumatized for the rest of her life because she saw her mom get killed," said Kenyetta Hunt, the victim's cousin.

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The woman's sister and a man who was a friend also were killed. All three were in their 20s. Another woman says she was at the home with the three of them Wednesday night until she left about 8:30 p.m. She said all was well at that time. But it wasn't a couple of hours later.

"There was some noise, some shots heard mid-evening yesterday. And apparently I think some family members were notified and they came to check on them and discovered them," said Detroit police inspector Dwayne Blackmon.

That wasn't until about 9 p.m. Thursday. Family members say one of the victims is 24-year-old Curtis Clements.

"He was just over here partying with some friends. " said friend Mark McSwine, who does not believe Clements was targeted.

Neighbors say the home had been vacant for a couple of days. They believe people were squatting there. Relatives say a baby girl was in the house when the murders happened, along with the 5-year-old girl.

"To me, pretty much she was holding up, but she knows what happened," said Hunt. "I thank God that none of the kids were killed."


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