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Two young children were stuck inside apartment with bodies of mom, boyfriend and grandmother for days after murder-suicide

February 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two young children were stuck inside apartment with bodies of mom, boyfriend and grandmother for days after murder-suicide

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Two kids under the age of five are believed to have been trapped inside a house for days with their slain mother, grandmother, and mother’s boyfriend in what Virginia investigators are calling a murder-suicide.

Walter Gaines III reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend, 24-year-old Shaquenda Walker, and her mother, Deborah Walker, before turning the gun on himself at their home in Richmond.

Three bloody corpses were found after they remained in the apartment for an unknown number of days.

Walter Gaines III Courtesy of Henrico County Sheriff’s Office

Horrifyingly, Shaquenda’s two kids, aged two- and four-year-old, were inside the apartment with the dead bodies, NBC12 reported.

On Thursday, the children went to their neighbor’s apartment saying their mother and grandmother were not waking up.

It has not been reported if the children witnessed the horrible murder-suicide.

NBC12 – WWBT – Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Virginia Commonwealth University psychologist Micah McCreary said: “Hopefully they hid and didn’t look at it, but there’s no telling.”

“To take away someone’s mother, grandmother, then yourself is just the epitome of rage and hurt.”

The medical examiner is still ascertaining when and how the murders occurred.

Gaines, 23, had a violent criminal past which included theft and felony accessory after the fact charges, WRIC reported.

Shaquenda Walker (pictured), 24, was found dead with her boyfriend and mother

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney told WRIC: “This seems to be a senseless act, but something that’s not random. It seems isolated, like some of the acts that happened in the past.”

Investigators believe this is an isolated occurrence of senseless violence. However, officials noted an uptick in crime this year.

This time last year there were nine murders by this time, and in 2017 there have been 13.

Police Chief Alfred Durham told the Richmond Times-Dispatch: “This has to stop. This is not the city of Richmond. We experienced this 20 years ago, and we don’t want to go back to where we were.”

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