A 20-year-old man has been arrested after his grandmother and her husband were found shot and decapitated at an Oklahoma day care center where three children were being cared for, KTLA sister station KFOR reported Wednesday.
The bodies of 78-year-old James Earl Reed and 59-year-old Sharon Reed were discovered Tuesday afternoon after neighbors asked that a welfare check be done at the couple’s home, near the intersection of Northwest 122nd Street and North May Avenue, the TV station reported.
“It’s just a shock,” Sharon Reed’s sister, Brenda Jackson, told KFOR. “Said their heads was almost cut off. And, they were stabbed. And, then, they were shot.”
Family members said the house was being used as a day care center, and three children were found inside the home’s covered garage area.
“Luckily, they weren’t injured in any way, shape or form,” Oklahoma City Police Department Sgt. Ashley Peters said.
The children were later reunited with their families.
The oldest child was 3, Jackson told KFOR.
Sharon Reed’s 20-year-old grandson, Quinton Dashawn Laster, was located outside the home and arrested on two complaints of first-degree murder, KFOR reported.
Laster was arrested on suspicion of killing his grandparents, but it was not clear if he was related to James Reed.
Jackson told KFOR on Tuesday that she didn’t know what could have led to the gruesome crime, but she suspected that Laster was high.
“I don`t know what could’ve happened to them, or who could’ve did it. Both of them are such good people. He didn’t deserve it, and she didn’t deserve it,” Jackson said.
Laster had lived at the home for two years after being kicked out of his mother’s house and another family member’s home, Jackson said.