Murders in Largo Part 2

This week the Washington Post has featured a couple of articles about the Largo murders of Delores & Ebony Dewitt and Karen & Karissa Lofton. Tuesday’s paper featured a front page story about whether there’s a link between the two murders.

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4 Women Dead, Countless Questions Unanswered in Largo

‘Everybody’s a Person of Interest,’ Police Chief Says As Investigators, Residents Grapple With Homicides

By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A chill went down Courtney Hicks’s back when she arrived at her family’s Largo home after 10 p.m. The lights were on, her sister’s jacket was by the door and her mother’s car was in the driveway. Everything seemed in place that March 15 night — except that when she called out, no one answered.

Hicks, 17, said the hair on her neck stood up, the same way it had in the fall when she found the small two-story house burglarized. She turned on every light. She checked her mother’s and sister’s rooms, then left and began frantically calling their cellphones. About 2 a.m., she returned to find the lights still on and the house still empty.

Two hours later, as Hicks worried, police found two bodies in a burning car nearby, one in the back seat and the other in the trunk. Authorities identified them later as Hicks’s sister Ebony Dewitt, 20, and mother, Delores Dewitt, 42.

“I thought for sure something had gone wrong,” said Hicks, a student at Prince George’s County Community College. “But I never thought in a million years that it would be the outcome that it was.”

The possibility that the killings of the Dewitts are linked to the slayings of another mother and daughter — Karen and Karissa Lofton, found shot in their Largo home in January — has prompted Prince George’s County police to assign more than two dozen investigators to those cases.

Connected or not, detectives say each set of killings is baffling in its own right. The absence of an obvious suspect or motive — an angry ex-boyfriend, a drug deal gone bad — has made the slayings more unsettling for residents than any in years in Prince George’s.

“This is so bizarre,” Police Chief Roberto Hylton said of the two sets of killings. “Everybody’s a person of interest.”

The entire article can be read here.

Today’s Post has a front page story in the Prince Georges’s EXTRA. This article also talks about the link between the two murder cases, interviews with family members including Karen Lofton’s ex-husband and additional information about Karen and Karissa. This article places more emphasis on the Loftons.

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Slayings of Second Pair Redirect Investigation
Attention Reverts to Case Of Mother and Daughter Who Were Killed in January

By Aaron C. Davis and William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 26, 2009; PG01

The fear and mystery surrounding two Prince George’s County mother-daughter homicides began two months ago today, when police found the bodies of Karen and Karissa Lofton in their home in a quiet Largo area neighborhood.

Whether their deaths are found to be linked to the killings last week of Delores and Ebony Dewitt, whose bodies were found burned in a stolen car less than a mile away, the similarities between the victims have refocused attention on the Loftons.

Their family members and friends said they have struggled to accept their loved ones’ sudden and brutal deaths.

“The wounds are still very deep,” said Karen Price of Lanham, a sister-in-law of Karen Lofton’s. “We’re all still reeling from their deaths. We want this case resolved so badly.”

The case will be the subject of an episode of “America’s Most Wanted,” possibly this weekend, said Karen Lofton’s ex-husband, Kirkland Lofton Sr. He has been working through a relative with John Walsh, the host of the long-running TV show, to feature the Jan. 26 killings of Karen, 45, and Karissa, 16.

The show posted a story about the slayings on its Web site last week and has filmed a segment in the victims’ home in the 10800 block of Southall Drive. A candlelight vigil will be held in front of the house tonight at 8, Lofton said.

Family members and friends said the shooting deaths of the school nurse and teenager who loved fashion and modeling cut short the lives of a mother and daughter who had much to offer.

Karen Lofton, who sometimes used her maiden name, Sherill, had just started working at Lake Arbor Elementary School in Mitchellville. She worked one day, according to a school employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, and never returned for orientation. The school later got a call that Lofton had been found dead.

Karissa, a junior at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, was an aspiring model and fashion designer who had recently enrolled in the Girls of Character program at Woodstream Church of Mitchellville, where the family worshipped before switching to Hosanna Ministries in the District.

Click here to read the entire article.

When the Loftons were murdered some folks wondered if they knew the murderer since the front door was locked.  Karissa was able to call 911 but apparently she wasn’t able to identify who shot her and her mother.  I will be relieved when they catch the murderer(s).  It’s an uneasy feeling knowing that some murdering fool is running loose in the area.

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