New York Daily News: QUEENS – Three people found dead in a Queens home were dead for days before a family member found their mutilated bodies, police sources said Saturday.
The victims, identified by relatives as Karleen Barnett, 55, her son Dervon Brightly, 35, and family friend Varshana “Brittany” Malcolm, 22, were all found inside the single-family house of horrors on 155 St. near 116 Rd. about 2:40 p.m. Friday, police said.
Each victim had been stabbed repeatedly.
The gruesome discovery was made after Barnett’s other son, who also lives at the address, returned home.
“My cousin was the one who discovered the bodies,” Barnett’s shattered nephew, who wished not to be named, told the Daily News. “My mind is just all over the place.”
Police called to the scene found Malcolm’s lifeless body — her hands bound together and her mouth duct taped — on a bed in a second-floor bedroom, police said. She died from multiple puncture wounds to the chest, cops said.
“She’s a family friend from Jamaica, just visiting,” the cousin said. “We’ve known her for years.”
Cops searching the home found a locked basement door. NYPD Emergency Services Unit cops took down the door and found Barnett and her son’s bodies inside.
Both had been stabbed numerous times, police sources said. Brightly had also been hit in the head.
The son who discovered the murder scene was taken into custody for questioning, but released after it was determined that he wasn’t involved in the killing, police sources said. It was not immediately clear how long he had been away from home.
The victims had been dead “for at least three days” before they were discovered, a police source with knowledge of the case said. No arrests have been made.
It was not immediately clear why the three victims were targeted, a police source said, adding that detectives were checking out a number of leads.
Neighbors recalled smelling a foul odor coming as they walked past the home, but didn’t think anything of it — until police arrived.
Police spent Friday afternoon and evening at the home before removing the bodies late at night, said neighbor Zaman Asm said. “I saw two of them,” Asm said.
“They were a Jamaican family ― they lived here longer than us, a long time,” said Asm, who moved to the block five years ago. “The mother is a good, nice person. I haven’t heard anything.”
“It’s scary that this happened,” he said.
Other neighbors were rattled by the bloodshed.
“It doesn’t make me feel good at all because just a couple of weeks ago the house across the street burned down and now this happened,” said neighbor Ravi Persuad, 53.
“This is close to my home, so I must feel a little uneasy right now,” Persaud said. “I tell my son to play in the backyard and not to come out to the front much.”
“Who in they right mind would do that? Tying a girl up and then slicing them up It’s crazy,” added neighbor Isaiah Adams, 21. ”Scary world, really scary.”
Top Feature Photo: Police investigate a possible homicide inside a house on 155th Street in Queens on Friday, June 24, 2022 – Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News