Family Member Speaks Out About Trenton Hostage Standoff
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by Syma Chowdhry
TRENTON, N.J., (CBS) – After the 37-hour hostage situation, family members are trying to deal with the terrible details.
A mother and her child were found dead, and the remaining kids were held against their will with the decomposing bodies.
The family tells us Hollywood couldn’t have come up with a more diabolical script.
Sonja Kelly can’t believe what happened to her cousin, 44-year-old Carmenlita Stevens.
“The worst horror movie – reality. The worst thing I’ve ever seen of, heard of in my life,” said Kelly.
Police say Stevens’ boyfriend, Gerald Murphy, 38, allegedly killed her and her 13-year-old son, Quavon.
On Friday, Kelly asked police to check on Stevens and her five kids because she had not seen them in days.
When police entered the apartment, they found Stevens’ body decomposing for what seems like a couple of weeks.
The suspect, Gerald Murphy, locked himself in a bedroom with three other children and the body of the 13-year-old son.
During that time, police say he abused and assaulted the hostages, 18 and 16-year-old girls, and a 4-year-old boy.
“Then to traumatize the children? What did they do to you? That’s never going to end. They will need counseling forever for that,” said Kelly.
Stevens’ 19-year-old autistic son hid from Murphy in the basement.
Police found him and brought him to safety before the stand-off with Murphy, who had a long rap sheet of convictions.
There was an arrest warrant out on Murphy because he failed to register as a sex offender.
“Had she known he was a pedophile, had she known he was what he was, she would have never dated him,” said Kelly.
Stevens moved here in January.
Then, shortly after dating for only a couple of months, the suspect moved in.
“He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Kelly.
Kelly says Stevens wanted to break up with the suspect, which she says, must have set off his rage.
“I don’t understand. I’m so glad he is dead,” said Kelly.
Right now the 19-year-old son is staying with her.
The other children are still in the hospital.
“Let them mourn and let us get past this now,” said Kelly.