Funeral services were held yesterday at the Lively Stone Church in Landover, Maryland for Delores & Ebony Dewitt, the mother and daughter found murdered in a stolen car in Largo, Maryland early Monday morning.
Grief’s Unanswered Question: Why?
Funeral Held for Slain Md. Mother, Daughter Found in Car
By Nelson Hernandez and Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 21, 2009
There was a short time yesterday at the funeral of Delores and Ebony Dewitt when nothing could be heard amid the hundreds of people but the soft tones of an organ and the heaving sobs of a sister wracked by grief.
“My baby!” screamed Patricia Smith, Delores Dewitt’s sister. “Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord! Why, why, why?” That, in its raw pain, was the question: Why were a mother, Delores, and daughter from a close-knit family, who believed in God and hard work, found dead Monday in a burned-out stolen car in the Largo area?
Bishop Willie O. Pittman of New Memorial Temple in Capitol Heights had been giving a eulogy searching for an answer to that question but stopped to console Smith. He stepped down from the dais to the floor, where a pair of urns holding the remains of Delores, 42, and Ebony, 20, were flanked by pictures of them.
“Sometimes you have to pull the rose out of the garden to make a bouquet,” he said afterward.
“She was a beautiful person. She smiled; she laughed,” Victoria Thompson, Delores’s other sister, said of Ebony. “We miss our niece, but we are hopeful that justice will prevail.”
The emotional service at the Lively Stone Church in Landover was an extension of the message that Rosa Mae Smith, 61, the family matriarch, had preached to the family members who had gathered at her Hyattsville home Thursday evening.
“There is no way to explain it,” Smith told a reporter in her living room as seven family members looked on. “We pray to God to take us through it, not to explain it, and to wait for justice to be done,” said Smith, a pastor at the True Gospel Temple in Landover.
Police had not discussed a motive or suspects in the case. They were investigating a possible connection to the unsolved slayings of another mother and daughter less than a mile away in January.
Prince Georges County police have released a photo of handbags that might have been stolen from the deceased.
Photos of Handbags Released
Purses Might Have Been Taken From 2 Women, Police Say
By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 20, 2009; B05
A task force investigating the killings of four women in the Largo area released pictures yesterday of handbags that police said might have been taken from women found burned early Monday in a stolen car.
Prince George’s County police officials are asking anyone who has noticed a multicolored Fossil handbag or black patent leather handbag with a large Cadillac emblem to contact detectives.
Police also want to speak with anyone who might have seen the stolen champagne-colored 2005 Nissan Maxima in which the bodies of Delores and Ebony Dewitt were found shortly before 4 a.m. in the 11100 block of Webbwood Court.
Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton said he thinks that the car might have been stolen less than two hours before the bodies were found.