Family: Brothers shot to death while they slept in Gwinnett home

Darius Myles (left) and C.J. Smith were found shot to death Sunday in a Lawrenceville-area home.
Darius Myles (left) and C.J. Smith were found shot to death Sunday in a Lawrenceville-area home.

Credit: Family photos

Credit: Family photos

Before he went to bed late Saturday, Darius Myles talked to his 9-year-old daughter. It would be the last time she would hear his voice.

By Sunday afternoon, the family was worried after not hearing from Myles or his brother. So Tyreene Brown drove from her home in north Gwinnett County to the home near Lawrenceville where Myles had lived for about two years.

She let herself in with her key. Inside, she found two of her sons dead. They had been shot while they slept, the family said.

“The doors were locked, the garage was down and there were no signs of forced entry,” Deja Myles, the pair’s sister, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Monday, the family and investigators searched for answers.

Two men were found dead inside a Lawrenceville-area home Sunday, according to Gwinnett County police.
Two men were found dead inside a Lawrenceville-area home Sunday, according to Gwinnett County police.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Darius “Junior” Myles, 28, was the father of four. His youngest brother, Christopher Smith, was 22 and had recently moved in with him, the family said. “C.J.” was the youngest of six siblings.

“That’s my baby,” Brown said.

After finding the men shot, the family called police. Officers were called to the Oxford Hall Drive home, near Five Forks Trickum Road, shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Detective Michael Truesdell with Gwinnett police.

Investigators have not determined a motive in the shootings and no suspects were in custody Monday. The family said they are working with detectives to share any information that may help.

On Monday afternoon, the family was making funeral arrangements for the two brothers. Brown said she found some comfort in knowing her sons did not suffer.

“That’s what helps,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com and remain anonymous.

Sunday’s homicide scene was the second for Gwinnett police since Friday, when a mother and her 16-year-old son were found shot to death inside a home near Flowery Branch. That suspect was identified as 24-year-old William Jerome Adams, authorities said. He’s believed to have fled the area in a black 2010 Audi sedan with Georgia tag RWT9487. Adams was not in custody Monday.

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