Double murder at Huntsville home under investigation

July 25, 2013 2:32:03 PM PDT
We're learning more about a 17-month-old boy and his grandmother who were found murdered in Walker County Wednesday. The victims' bodies were found in a home near Huntsville.

Investigators continue to comb through the crime scene after the horrific discovery where Shanta Faye Crawford and her grandson, Aiyden Benjamin Lewis, were found dead inside their family home. Family members are still in shock.

"My aunt is a God-fearing woman," said Ulesha Crawford, Shata's neice. "Our family is completely devastated. We don't know any information."

Ulesha and another one of Crawford's nieces, Tanesha Johnson, say family members are still trying to figure out why anyone would kill a grandmother and baby. They describe Aiyden as a joy and his grandmother eager to babysit during the day while Aiyden's mother was at work.

"He just loved to play, loved his grandmother, love grandpa," said Tanesha. "He loved to play."

Sheriff investigators held a news conference Thursday afternoon, where they took no questions and offered no information on circumstances of the double murder.

But neighbors tell Eyewitness News they saw nothing unusual at the home until the grandfather discovered the bodies of his wife and grandson.

"I have no idea who would do something like that to an innocent person and an innocent baby," said neighbor Myra Crooks. "No idea at all."

"I'd like to know why somebody would do something like that," said neighbor Wesley Haney. "It just doesn't make sense to me."

On Wednesday afternoon, Larry O'Bryant, who lives down the street, says the home's owner flagged him down and asked him to go inside with him.

"The wife was laying on the kitchen floor dead," said O'Bryant.

In the home's bathroom, he says he saw the man's two-year-old grandson also dead.

"It's the saddest thing I ever saw in my life," O'Bryant said. "Kill a baby?"

Family members are making funeral plans now as investigators look into the double murder.

So far, no one has been arrested and no one identified as a person of interest.

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