“I woke up today and I heard all this craziness going on,” one resident, Xavier Villalba, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But no one heard anything.”
Villalba said maintenance workers doing routine work on dryers and were going door to door Tuesday morning. After the family was found dead, complex management handed out flyers to residents stating that the residents had died, Villalba said.
“It made me angry,” Villalba said. “There were four sentences, but no details on what happened.”
Ronald Stevens, who lives underneath the Holmes apartment, said he occasionally saw his upstairs neighbor in the apartment complex parking lot.
“I’d say, ‘How you doing?’” Stevens recalled Tuesday afternoon. “She’d holler, ‘I’m blessed!’”
He also learned to listen for thumps in the ceiling – proof, he said, that children were banging about in the apartment above.
“For the past few days,” he said, “it’s been quiet up there.”
The Cobb County Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies to determine how the mother and children died, police said.
As three school buses dropped kids off throughout the afternoon, a security guard was positioned at the front of the complex. The media presence shocked the school children too, with many asking what happened.
It’s the second death investigation at the same complex since September, though the two cases are not related.
On Sept. 20, Tavin E. Campbell, 24, of Marietta, was shot to death inside a Walton Crossing apartment, the AJC previously reported. Two days later, the suspect, Orain Patterson, 27, was taken into custody without incident in northern Miami, according to police.
— Staff writer Mark Davis contributed to this report.