6 People, Including 2 Children, Found Dead in Memphis

Posted: March 4, 2008 07:42 AM CST
Photo: WMC-TV

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Six people, including two children, were found dead Monday night in a home on Lester Street in Memphis.
Memphis Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Young said firefighters responded to a 911 call at a home at 722 Lester at 6:11 p.m. Monday, where the bodies and wounded children were found.
The wounded children - a 7-year-old boy, a 10-month-old girl and a 4-year-old whose gender wasn't immediately known - were transported to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.
According to hospital spokeswoman Jennilyn Utkov, the children were taken to the emergency room to be treated. No further information was available about their conditions.
Sources told Action News 5 the four adults found dead suffered from gunshot wounds, while the two children were found stabbed to death. The three children found alive were also stabbed. All nine victims were found in the same room.
Neighbors identified the person living at the home as Cecil Dotson. Dotson's sister Nicole was frightened for her family members.
"You know when you come to stuff like this you think the worst," she said. "You think someone is dead. I am scared to death, all my nieces and nephews are in there."
Police were uncertain whether Dotson was among the bodies.
Though the bodies were discovered Monday night, it was unclear exactly when the murders took place. Neighbors in the area reported hearing a disturbance at the home over the weekend, including the sound of gunshots around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
As news of the grisly find spread though the neighborhood, residents gathered in spite of the rainy weather to watch from afar as police conducted their investigation.
Homicide detectives could be seen speaking with relatives sitting in a car near the house where the killings happened.
"It's sad you come home to find out something like this has gone on," neighbor Leo Baker said. "I've been living here for 10 years. It's kind of sad, and scary too."
Baker said he didn't know the family living in the house.
Wayne Bolden, who lived across the street from where the shooting happened, told The Associated Press that the male occupant of the house periodically fired shots in his yard.
"He'd shoot on the 4th of July and New Year's Eve," Bolden said. "He'd have company over and I'd hear the shots."
He said the family there kept to themselves, but he would see four or five children from the house riding bicycles occasionally.
"It's a pretty quiet neighborhood; nothing of this magnitude has ever happened here," Bolden said.
Rev. Keith Norman, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue, planned a prayer service for 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning to lend support to the victims' families