FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Fort Wayne community is shaken after a quadruple homicide claimed the lives of a mother and her three young children.
“Every time you hear it, it bothers you. Every time you see it, it bothers you,” said Pastor Robert Rembert of Greater Apolistic Deliverance.
His church is on Gay Street, near where police were investigating on Wednesday.
Neighbors at the scene tried to process what happened.
“Nothing justifies taking the life of the kids and their mother,” neighbor Mario Bell said.
When asked to describe how he felt in a few words, he said: “Sad. more than sad. I mean … something needs to be done about some of this stuff.”
Pastor Lewis A. King, Coordinator of the TenPoint Coalition, said neighborhoods are supposed to be comfortable and safe for everyone.
“You want a place that children can play in and that people can feel safe in their environment,” he said. ‘And when you come across something like this, it’s definitely tragic. It’s a tragedy for our community.”
He said community support is critical in situations like this.
“When these things arise, we have to wrap around family, and just come around and support,” King said. “And ... we’ve been out here today comforting the family in their time of need.
Rembert said we should work to be kinder to one another to prevent future tragedies.
“We have to start loving one another,” he said. “Most generally, something that you love, you don’t hurt. So if we can learn to love one another, watch out for one another, pray for one another, it would be a big help.”
King said the loss is tragic, and wants everyone to keep the family in their thoughts.
“This family is going to need support right now,” he said. “And when you think about the loss of children, the lives that are lost, we all have to come together.
Police are still working to determine the relationship the suspect, Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barron, had with the woman and her kids.
Authorities are also still investigating the exact causes of death and why Hancz-Barron fled to Lafayette.
We will be following this story and will keep you updated as details are released.