‘They were so loving’: Family remembers those killed in triple homicide

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 29-year-old Caesar Crockett, Jr. was taken into custody in Tampa, Florida Wednesday night following a standoff that lasted several hours. 

Sheriff David Davis says Crockett shot and killed his girlfriend’s family. He also kidnapped his 2-year-old son, King Crockett. The 2-year-old was turned over to authorities in Tampa Wednesday and is unharmed.

The murder of Jamila French’s family

The incident happened Tuesday night just before 9:30 at a home on Moreland Avenue.

Davis says Crockett and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Jamila French, got into a physical fight before Crockett killed her following family members:

  • Janet Samuel, mother
  • James Samuel, stepfather
  • De’Shasta Childs, sister

Afterward, Crockett kidnapped King.

French’s family say they don’t understand why Crockett would do this.

“My aunt, my uncle, and my cousin were loving people,” said Libby Rutland, a cousin of French. “Everybody knew them. They were well known and church-going people. They would help you with anything. If you had any problems, if you needed to talk, if you needed something — they did not hesitate. They were just some loving, helping people.”

Rutland says French is in a safe place.

The family says that 24-year-old La’Terry Kendrick — who was shot and killed last week — was also a part of their family. Therefore, the family grieved four homicides in a week’s time.

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