Police have identified the three relatives, all women, who were killed in a gruesome triple homicide allegedly committed by a 22-year-old family member at a home in Queens last week.
Hyacinth Brown-Johnson was the oldest victim found at the home on 182nd Street in Springfield Gardens on November 18. The 65-year-old was mother and stepmother to 47-year-old Latoya Gordon and 26-year-old Patrice Johnson.
All three women were stabbed in the neck at the family home, police said. A family doctor who was helping the youngest victim, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was bedridden, found the bodies, police said. It remains unclear what motivated the killings.
Police identified the victims on Tuesday, after suspected killer Jabari Burrell was arrested hundreds of miles away, on the side of the road with no gas and covered in blood, a senior police official said.
Virginia state police found Burrell hours after he allegedly stole the minivan of one of his victims and fled south in the middle of the night. Local authorities found him in the vehicle off Interstate 95 in Prince George County, the officer said.
Injured and bleeding, he was taken to a hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, NYPD homicide detectives traveled to Virginia to interview the Queens man.
Speaking to investigators, Burrell admitted to stabbing three women and detailed how he attacked the victims, the official said. He was still awaiting extradition to New York City.
Three women were pronounced dead inside the home and police officers flooded the area, Chopper 4 video showed.
A senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the case says the attack appears to be domestic in nature, an isolated incident with no further threat to the neighboring community.
There was no known history of domestic violence at the address, the official said. It is believed that all three women lived in the three-unit house at the time of their deaths.
Mayor Eric Adams stopped by the crime scene Friday afternoon to speak with investigators as they and family members try to figure out what happened. The coroner determines the cause of death for each victim.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.