GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The mother of a 7-year-old old boy who, along with his father, was found shot to death in a Greensboro home Saturday said on Monday that she thinks her son may have been able to recognize his killer.
Marquise Steens, 28, and Malique Steens, 7, were found dead inside a home on Guerrant Street.
Malique's mother, Stacey Nickerson, who is Steens' girlfriend, told WXII's Jermont Terry that she suspects that the killer knew her boyfriend and killed both to avoid being recognized. Malique was at the home, visiting his father for the weekend.
"I believe it was somebody that he knew, because who would do that to a child unless my child could recognize you," Nickerson said. "If someone did have something against him (Marquise), that had nothing to do with my child."
Detectives said there was no evidence of forced entry into the home and no weapon was found. It also appeared that there were no witnesses to the slaying, police said.
Nickerson said she and her mother discovered the crime scene.
"I walked to the back bedroom and Marquise -- my son's father -- was lying on the floor," she said. "He wasn't alert. My mother started screaming his name (and there was) no response."
Nickerson said she then began feverishly searching for her son.
Marquise and Malique Steens
"The only thing that kept going through my head was, 'Where's my son?'" she said.
Marquise was found in a bathroom, police said.
"I believe he was trying to hide," Nickerson said. "Because I have a walk-in closet in my bathroom. I really do believe he was trying to hide."
Police said they are following up on leads, but so far no arrests have been made.
"I can't fully rest until I know what really happened and the person who did this hateful, hateful, hateful crime are captured," Nickerson said. "I believe somebody saw or heard something. I believe it."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 373-1000.
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