Friends and relatives wailed with grief Friday night when police confirmed their fears that a woman and a little girl had been found dead inside a duplex in the 5500 block of Wabash Avenue.
A second child, a boy, was discovered at the scene uninjured.
Police were investigating the deaths as homicides. They were just beginning to process the scene Friday night and were waiting for a search warrant. Officers were seen knocking on doors in the neighborhood.
Police did not release the names of the victims but said they possibly were a mother and daughter. The woman was said to be in her 20s and the child between the ages of 4 and 6.
Friends and family members, who had gathered across the street, erupted with screams at the news. A man had arrived earlier and beat the pavement with his fists, crying, “Where is my baby?”
Friends said the woman was a single, working mother who lived at the home with her daughter and a son said to be 1 year old. They said a relative came to check on the family Friday evening and discovered the door open and blood inside.
A police officer was seen carrying a small child away from the scene. Someone brought diapers and juice to the officers, apparently for the child.
Sgt. Stacey Graves said police received a call about 7:15 p.m. from an extremely upset person who discovered the bodies. Graves could not say how or when the victims died.
A neighbor said that several shots were heard in the area about 10 p.m. Thursday night and that earlier in the evening police had been seeking a carjacking suspect in the neighborhood. But it was not clear if any of that was related to the bodies.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).