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WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – A teenage couple, who were parents to a 3-month-old child, from Wilmington was murdered after three masked men broke into their home overnight and opened fire. Police say the bodies of 17-year-old Christian Coffield and 17-year-old Janiya Henry were found at a home on West 26th Street.
Family members tell Eyewitness News they just had a baby together in November.
“Having a child at a young age is really hard and she just wanted to push forward for her son,” Janiya’s cousin said.
This young family is broken after the mom and dad were gunned down around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.
“It’s really unbelievable. I can’t even think about it. Far as not being able to see her no more it’s crazy,” Janiya’s cousin added.
Officers tell Eyewitness News the bodies of the teenage couple were found on the second floor of the home.
While police spent much of the day combing for clues, officers are not saying much about what happened but a neighbor tell Eyewitness News three men wearing masks somehow got into the house, where the couple lives with Christian’s family.
“They’re like family to me,” neighbor Jamir Harper said. “It’s sad.”
Jamir Harper is a family friend and says the two men went upstairs and fired several shots at the couple, killing them, while another gunman was downstairs holding Christian’s mother, brother, and sisters at gunpoint.
“He told them to stay where you are, I’m not gonna hurt you. Then the other two went upstairs to do what they needed to do,” Harper said.
He also believes the killers knew who they were.
“I believe they knew who they were, some other stuff was going on,” Harper added.
Harper wouldn’t elaborate but family members tell us the couple’s baby, little CJ, was staying at another home at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (302) 576-3990.