PLAIN DEALING, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A family grieving the loss of a mother and her son shot and killed in their Plain Dealing home April is hoping the community will step in and provide some answers and justice for their slain loved ones.
“It’s a tragedy. It’s affecting everyone from my community to my family,” said Terrick Stewart of the April 12 shooting that took his brother’s life that night and eventually his mother’s.
“Everybody know my brother. Everybody know my mother. It’s just… It was terrible. The next-door neighbor open their door and see something like this happen to some people they see every day in life. It’s crazy. Very shocking to everyone.”
Stewart’s mother Terry and his brother Marviel were inside their Birch Street home when the shooting happened.
“From my understanding, he didn’t ask no questions about nothing, just came in there and shot my brother.”
18-year-old Steven Dyer of Springhill was arrested less than 24 hours later and charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
“I know he young, but he knew what he was doing out here. The fact you turn around and shoot my mother. You come in, kick the door in, unannounced, shoot my brother.”
Marviel Stewart, 27, died that night. His mother, 53-year-old Terry Stewart, was taken to the hospital and died from her injuries on May 23. Charges against Dyer were formally upgraded to two counts of first-degree murder.
Detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office believe Dyer was the shooter, but Stewart wants the people who were with him on the night of the shooting to also be held accountable for their actions.
“I would want you to come forward. Tell what you know. If you’re involved you’re going to make it harder on yourself cause one day, one night, one morning you will be brought to justice.”
Neither Terrick Stewart or the sheriff’s office have indicated they know of a motive for the slayings.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and they are following up with numerous tips and leads they’ve received about the case. If anyone has information they’re asked to call Bossier Crimestoppers at 318-424-4100 or the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203.