Two boys survived an attack that left a woman and her two daughters dead in a suburban home outside Atlanta, authorities said Wednesday.
The three were found dead, and the two juvenile boys, one the mother’s 8-year-old son, were found unconscious shortly before 9 a.m., Powder Springs Detective Kelly Gobely said.
Police had not announced the names of the victims or the cause of their deaths by Wednesday afternoon.
“We’re just only allowed to release so much at this point,” Gobely said. “We want to make sure we have everything in the correct order.”
She said authorities did not have a suspect in custody by Wednesday afternoon and do not suspect the deaths were a murder-suicide.
Boy in critical condition
The deaths are the first homicides that authorities in Powder Springs — about 30 minutes west of Atlanta — have investigated in more than three years.
Gobely said one of the boys was transported by helicopter and the other by ground transportation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Atlanta, about 20 miles away.
Hospital spokesman Jason Rollins said Jeremy Kuria, 8, was in critical condition at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Property records show that Jane Kuria, 47, lives at the address of the killings.
Rollins would not confirm whether the second boy was being treated at the hospital because his name has not been made public.
Gobely said it was unknown whether the boys had been able to communicate with police investigators.
She said one of the daughters was an adult. The mother was a widow, and nobody who lived in the house was unaccounted for, Gobely said.
Gobely said a relative found the bodies Wednesday morning and called for an ambulance.
'Just a nice kid'
Jermaine Goddard, a 16-year-old neighbor who said he was a classmate of one the girls who lived in the home, said he was shocked by the crime.
He said the girl’s name was Annabell Kuria, a 16-year-old rising sophomore at McEachern High School. He showed reporters her photograph as a member of the school’s pep squad and said he saw her every morning at about 5 a.m., escorting her younger brother to the bus stop.
“It takes a good sister to do something like that,” said Goddard. “She was just a nice kid.”
Neighbors said the woman who lived in the home was a nurse who had moved to the neighborhood about two years ago.
Goddard and other neighbors said the family was originally from Kenya. Gobely verified that the family is believed to be from Kenya and that investigators have reached out to members of the area’s Kenyan community as they search for clues in the killings.