Four Found Shot Dead in Brooklyn Apartment

Erika Holt
March 15, 2018

Four family members, including a 1-year-old girl, have been shot and killed in Brooklyn, police sources said Wednesday. The victims were found in an apartment on Thatford Avenue just after 5 a.m.

The deceased have been identified as 57-year-old Loyd "Big Daddy" Drain Jr.; his 16-year-old son Loyd Drain III; 27-year-old Terrance Briggs; and Briggs' 1-year-old daughter Laylay Briggs.

Borough President Eric L. Adams took to Twitter this morning to decry the gun violence that led to the four deaths, calling the event "horrific" and America's "latest #massshooting"-tying it in to the #studentsdemandaction hashtag and today's walk-out rally against gun violence". All lived in the apartment and all were shot in the head.

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Investigators were trying to determine whether the deaths were three homicides and a suicide, according to police spokesman Stephen P. Davis. Police say there are no signs of forced entry into the apartment. The victims were apparently discovered by a family member.

The youngest victim's grandmother reportedly found the victims in two rooms of the Brownsville apartment when she arrived to babysit. "They showed love when they can, you know, and it's sad".

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