Memphis Police were called to the home of 722 Lester St. in Binghampton Memphis, TN where 6 were found killed; now referred to as the 'Lester Street Massacre,' since it is the worst multiple murder to occur in Memphis in more than 15 years.
Earlier Monday, Memphis Police officers were called to check on the well-being of individuals at a Memphis home when over a half-dozen dead bodies were found, according to MPD Lt. Scott with the Investigative Services in a press briefing earlier today. Officers were called to the home of 722 Lester St. in Binghampton off Summer Ave. in North Memphis, TN. Six individuals were found around 6PM on Monday, inside four adults and two children were found dead; (2) male adults, (2) female adults and (2) male children. In addition, there was also three other children found suffering from severe injuries. The whole incident is now being referred to as the "Lester Street Massacre" since it is the worst multiple murder to occur in the city in more than 15 years.
Since then, there have been many responses from churches, city officials, community people and more hoping to bring closure for the families involved and what lead to the trouble.
In a statement released on today, Tuesday, March 4, 2008, by Officials at Memphis City Schools, they expressed their condolences to the families as well.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Memphis City Schools family remain with surviving members of the family struck by tragedy in the Binghampton community yesterday. We know several lives were lost and that other individuals were seriously injured in the incident. The district's grief counselors have been available throughout the day and will be as long as needed to help students and others who knew the victims cope with their emotions. This is an extremely sad and difficult situation, and it is impossible to make sense of what has happened. Yet, with a heavy heart, we must carry on in the school communities affected by this dispiriting situation, and we will do so in memory of those who have suffered," stated MCS in a letter provided by Rita Cooper, District Spokeswoman of Memphis City Schools.
Even Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton poured out his condolences over the incident as well as expressed deep concerns in looking for an answer to the violence.
"This is really a human tragedy of immense proportions," stated Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton on today (Mar. 4). "I don't know the answer, I don't think anybody knows the answer, I don't think more police officers, more jails, more people marching the streets praying; I don't think all those things are the answer. I don't know the solution, but obviously I'm deeply hurt [at] what has happened to this family," added Mayor Herenton.
Police have not released any additional details on the deaths of the victims as well as individuals names. Police will not say how they are related. Currently police are asking the public that if they know anything about what happened at 722 Lester St. in Binghapmton in Memphis, TN, please call with information to 901-528-CASH or Homicide Office at 901-545-5300.
Though not many details are available, police do believe the killer left the home and was not among the dead inside.
The three children who suffered serious injuries were taken to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Downtown, Memphis, two are stated to be in extremely critical condition and one is stated to still be in serious condition, but not critical anymore.