An Oklahoma father, Francoise Littlejohn, and his three children, Trinity (3), Aliyah (4), and Kyren (7), were recently found dead in an alleged triple-murder-suicide.
According to reports, Francoise was found dead in the front seat of a Dodge Charger with his three dead children in an apparent suicide on Aug. 6.
Police reportedly discovered the bodies following a dispute involving the children’s mother, an Oklahoma City Police Department news release indicated. The release said that after she argued with the 30-year-old father, she left their children in his care, prompting him to get upset and load them into an SUV. He then allegedly began live-streaming a video–on social media–of him threatening to harm the three kids by waving a firearm while one of them sat in the front seat. Less than 15 minutes later, officers searched for the Charger, but it was too late when they arrived.
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“At 4:11 a.m., three minutes prior to police being notified, surveillance video showed Mr. Littlejohn pulling into a neighborhood and parking in the 11300 block of Treemont Lane, where he executed the children before turning the gun on himself,” a press release from OKC Police Department said. “It is unknown why he picked that location to stop.”
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— Oklahoma City Police (@OKCPD) August 8, 2022
Authorities added that a little over three hours later, a jogger found the SUV with the four family members inside, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Francoise was even reportedly discovered with a cell phone and gun in his lap. The jogger dialed 911.
On Aug. 10, community members gathered in memory of Trinity, Aliyah and Kyren near a memorial that was created for them at the scene. The memorial included flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, and an iron cross.
“Those [innocent] children lost their lives because their dad was suffering,” attendee Adina Evans-Cornish, who resides in an adjacent neighborhood, said. “I know there’s they’re sitting on God’s lap right now [and] that’s [a] comfort in knowing [that] those children don’t have to suffer anymore.”