Arrest made in murder of mother & daughter

May 18, 2010 4:49:40 AM PDT
Police arrested and charged a man with the murders of a mother and daughter whose bodies were found in a bathtub in their home in Brooklyn. Officers arrested 20-year-old Amahal Lynch of Brooklyn on two counts of second degree murder.

Police say an anonymous tip of a burglary led to the discovery of the bodies of 29-year-old Shakeema Elliot and 8-year-old Kaliya Williams, who were found in their fourth-floor apartment in Sheepshead Bay Sunday morning.

There were a lot of tears and broken hearts on the walkway in front of the housing complex where the victims were murdered.

Family members and friends of the victims tried to comfort each other at a vigil in memory of Elliot and her daughter.

Police say they were murdered by a janitor who worked in their building.

"I really hope they put him under the jail," said the victim's aunt, Sheryl Freeman Matthews.

Lynch didn't say anything Monday night as he was led off to jail.

Sources say he'd already confessed to investigators.

Police believe there was a dispute, and Lynch allegedly strangled the victims and then tried to make it look like a suicide. Pills were found nearby the bodies.

Residents who live in the building on Batchelder Street say the suspect seemed to be friends with Elliot.

"He'd come in the building, [have a] conversation with her. Laugh and leave the building," building resident Tavell Miller said.

But now, it appears there was something else, something that triggered the rage that led to a double murder and a devastating loss for the community.

"What he did was ruin too many families, his included," the victim's aunt, Delores Smith-Johnson, said. "I have no sympathy for him."