Photo of Maron Thomas, then 20, accused of murdering his whole family and beheading his niece, the youngest of the five victims
On midnight, Bellville Police received a distress call to Thomas’s parents home. When they arrived they walked upon a gruesome scene. The bodies of his mother, Debra Phearse Washington, 54; stepfather George T. Washington, 69; sister Kiana Shree Phearse, 25; brother Cedric Thomas, 19; and niece Khalilah Chambers-Massey, who was Kiana Phearse’s daughter. All gunned down in cold blood. Thomas took out most of his rage on his defenceless niece who had been beheaded with a machete.
(Note: The photo shown is NOT the niece of Thomas, but another muslim child beheaded in the middle east.)
Four of the victims were found in the house. Cedric was found nude in the backyard and police believe he tried to flee but was unable to get away alive and was gunned down in a wooded area behind the home. When police discovered his body they also found lying nearby, the murder weapon used, which was a shotgun and handgun.
Thomas then went on to burglarize a car and was arrested around 3AM after attempting to break into a house roughly one mile away from the massacre. He was reported to have been naked and neighbors were able to hold him at gunpoint until police arrived.
Sister Ka’Tara Price said her brother always had anger problems, and that he’d recently converted to Islam, but that she wasn’t aware of any mental issues. She believes anger and Thomas’ conversion to the Muslim religion influenced his actions.