LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida community is in mourning, hours after police discovered three bodies inside a Lauderhill home, Monday afternoon.
Tuesday morning, nearly 17 hours after the disturbing discovery, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office took out at least one of the three bodies. Later that afternoon, the ME released the identities of those found dead, they included 42-year-old Dwight O. Brown, his 21-year-old son, Denzel Brown and 50-year-old Lisa L. Foreman, a woman described as a popular employee at the Broward Clerk of Courts.
Police expect to remain on the scene throughout Tuesday, as they continue thier investigation. “We don’t have a lot of information that we’re able to release yet just because we’ve just started the investigation,” said Lauderhill Police Lt. Greg Solowsky.
Police found the bodies inside of the home shortly after responding, at 2 p.m., Monday.
According to Lauderhill Police, someone called 911 Monday to check on the residents inside a home in the area of Northwest Third Street and 36th Avenue. “My officers responded here a short time later, and in a subsequent investigation inside the house, we found three deceased persons inside the house,” said Solowsky.
A nearby neighbor said he was outside when he heard the gunfire. He said he heard a “couple shots, maybe five, six shots.”
7News cameras captured grief-stricken relatives consoling each other outside the home. Police said members of the family’s large church congregation also joined loved ones at the scene.
“I just hope the families, they’re strong, and things will get better,” said an onlooker.
Neighbors told 7News they believe the victims were a father, his son and a woman who was probably the father’s girlfriend. However, police have not confirmed that information.
Cylita Grace, whose boyfriend was found dead inside the home, told 7News she and those close to her are shocked. “It’s just a big surprise,” she said, “and it’s a big surprise for everybody. Nobody expects that to happen to anybody that their close to, really, and it’s just hard. We just got to take it all as a lesson. We have just have to do something. We have to change something in our lives right now because this is just ridiculous.”
Concerned friend Portia White told 7News she hoped it wasn’t the homeowner, a working man with a grown son. She said she grew up with him. “You never hear nothing about that man before, nothing,” she said. “Nothing ever, ever. I’m just praying it’s not him.”
Neighbor Tangela Brown described the home next to her. “I’m shocked,” said Brown. “That’s a family home for maybe 30-something years. I had never heard the guy even yell.”
Area residents were curious and concerned about what had happened. When asked whether she’d ever heard any commotion at the home, a woman shook her head and replied, “No. It’s very sad.”
Speaking with reporters just after 4 p.m., Solowsky called the grisly scene police discovered a “heinous thing.” As he predicted, crime scene investigators remained at the scene well into the night and even into the following day. “All of the resources of the Lauderhill Police Department have been tasked to come in and assist,” he said.
The circumstances behind the deaths remain unknown. “The motive as to what led us to this heinous act is still unclear,” said Solowsky. “All of my investigators are going to be doing the best that they possibly can to find an answer as fast as possible.”
Investigators have not specified whether they are searching for a killer at this time or whether foul play was involved. “At this point, we clearly work for the family. They need some closure,” said Solowsky.
If you have any information on this case that could help investigators, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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