Police have arrested a suspect in a triple homicide that left a mother and her two young daughters dead in their Arkansas home Wednesday night.
Forrest City authorities say Cordale Stacy, 30, identified by the victims’ family as the deceased mother’s boyfriend, surrendered Thursday morning but was not immediately charged with a crime.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, police say his mother convinced him to turn himself in to police.
Nashae Williams, 38, and her daughters, 9-year-old Malayya and 6-year-old Zanasia, were all fatally shot, according to WHBQ.
The city’s school district posted a Facebook message announcing the death of the two young students and their mother.
Police Lt. Eric Varner said police responded to the apartment home after receiving a report of gunshots, according to KATV.
WHBQ spoke to members of Nashae Williams’ family, many of whom were not shy in expressing their thoughts about the suspect.
“He don’t care about nobody,” said her sister, Rhonda Meaben. “He doesn’t have a heart. You can’t if you kill a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old.”
She said the couple, who lived together, often argued, but she said Stacy usually left the home during major fights.
“You didn’t have to do that to them babies,” Meaben said. “They didn’t deserve it. All he had to do was leave.”
According to the family’s media statements, Stacy left the scene with an unharmed third child, a 2-year-old described as his biological daughter.
The Democrat-Gazette reports prosecutors and police are considering whether to pursue first-degree or capital murder charges.
[Featured image: St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office]