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Suspects in Md. slaughter of 4 called Texas drug couriers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/0...

washingtonpost.com > Metro > Crime

Suspects in Md. slaughter of 4 called Texas drug couriers
By Matt Zapotosky and Rick Rojas
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 8, 2010

GALLERY

Two drug couriers from Texas have
been charged with first-degree
murder in Friday's shooting of two
women and two young children in a
squalid Prince George's County
apartment, police said, and law
enforcement sources added that the
killings stemmed from a drug debt
the women failed to pay.
Two women, two children found dead in
Prince George's Police Chief
Lanham area
Roberto L. Hylton said Saturday
Two women and two children were found dead in filthy and
that Darrell Lynn Bellard, 43, shot
deplorable living conditions above the garage of a home in the
Lanham area early Friday morning.
the four victims execution-style,
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firing multiple bullets into each
one, and that T'keisha Nicole
Gilmer, 18, blocked their escape. Bellard, of Dickinson,
and Gilmer, of Texas City, were both being held.

"We believe that this was a drug relationship that went
very bad," Hylton said. "Just the coldness of this
execution, it's very troubling."
Killed were Dawn Yvette Brooks, 38; Mwasiti Sikyala,
41; Shayla Shante Sikyala, 3; and Shakur Sylvester
Sikyala, 4. Brooks was the mother of the children, and
Mwasiti Sikyala was their paternal aunt, authorities said.
All lived in the 6800 block of Third Street in the
Lanham area, where their bodies were discovered about
3 a.m. Friday in a garage apartment amid piles of trash
and debris.
Police said they still do not know why the family was
living in such horrid conditions -- in a dilapidated
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of trash from the property and found containers of
human feces. Hylton said investigators want to know
why they would live like that when it appeared they were profiting from the drug trade.
In addition, the family appears to have roots in Prince George's. Online county records
indicate that the Sikyala family has owned the Third Street property since 1993.
A woman who said she was a relative said the family was not transient and did not live in
filth. "We are a proud family," the woman said. "We are from a foreign country, and we
respect ourselves." She declined to give her name.
The woman said that the family had immigrated to the United States from Congo and that
one of the slain women had an 18-year-old daughter who would soon be starting college.
"We are really hurt, and we want justice to be done," the woman said. Other family members
declined to comment or could not be located.
Hylton said Bellard and Gilmer were known to travel from Texas to Prince George's County,
where they met up with their local connections.
"Obviously, they had a relationship involving a drug sale," Hylton said. "At some point,
there was some type of dispute."
Brooks and Sikyala had no criminal records in Maryland, according to online court records,
although they have been sued for various debts. As of Saturday, Hylton said, authorities had

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