28-year-old Maurice Louis has confessed to killing his family yesterday morning. Acting Philadelphia Commissioner Christine Coulter said Louis shot his mother, step-father, and two half-brothers in the head with a shotgun. She said he was found in a bedroom in the house and surrendered to police without any issue.
"We're convinced he is the killer of the four people in the home. Extremely tragic. I don't know how you describe the killing of four people, let alone to discovering it was done by somebody in their own family," Coulter said. Officers responded to the home on the 5000 block of Walton Avenue at about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday to check on the well-being of a couple that did not show up for work. "The employer of the male and female that resides here notified police that their employees did not show up for work, which is very unlike them," said Deputy Commissioner Joe Sullivan with the Philadelphia Police Department."
First responders said that they gained access to the home through a second story bedroom window. Authorities on the ground floor say that Louis opened the front door for them to enter. That's when they discovered the horrible deed Louis has done.
Family members have identified the victims as: Janet Woodson Holmes, 52, Leslie Holmes, 56, Sy-eed Woodson, 18, and Leslie Holmes Jr., 7.
Reggie Woodson, Janet's older brother, watched in disbelief behind the maze of crime scene tape.
Maurice Louis is Janet's son and the family says that he has been clinically diagnosed with depression. Commissioner Coulter, however, said she has not seen any medical records indicating any mental issues.
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