ATLANTA - Authorities have questioned one of two young boys who survived an attack that left a Kenyan immigrant and her two teenage daughters dead in a quiet subdivision outside Atlanta in hopes that he can help crack the case.
Cobb County Police spokesman Dana Pierce would not say which of the boys was questioned and would reveal no details about the conversation.
Police investigating the case have otherwise remained tightlipped about the killing, refusing to release details on a possible suspect or motive. They have said, however, that they don't believe the deaths involved a murder-suicide.
Jane Gakuny Kuria, 46, and daughters Isabela, 19, and Annabelle, 16, were found dead early Wednesday morning in their two-story home, authorities said. Her son Jeremy Kuria, 7, and cousin Peter Thiande, 8, were both found unconscious at the scene, they said.
Jane Kuria was described by neighbors as a nurse who had moved to the neighborhood with her three children about two years ago. Neighbors said the family was originally from Kenya, and police detectives said investigators have reached out to members of the area's Kenyan community as they search for clues in the killings.
A lawyer handling an asylum case for Kuria said she fled Kenya in 2001 because she feared her daughters would have to undergo female circumcision.
'Her fear was of the horrific practice of female genital mutilation and it happening to her daughters,' immigration attorney Charles H. Kuck told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Kuck said she left Kenya in January 2001 after the death of her husband and the destruction of their home. According to her asylum application, the couple was targeted in Kenya because of their opposition to female genital mutilation, he said.
Kuria arrived with her children in Boston in March 2001 and moved to Georgia in February 2002.
She had applied for asylum in the United States but recently was denied. Kuck was handling her appeal. Hearings for her two daughters' asylum cases were scheduled for Aug. 29, the newspaper said.
'I'm shocked,' Kuck said. 'It's scary to think that this could happen to anyone, especially to anyone who came here seeking the protection of the United States.'
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite spokesman Jason Rollins said Thursday that Jeremy Kuria remained in critical condition and Thiande was in serious condition. He would not say which of the boys was questioned by police.
Jermaine Goddard, a 16-year-old neighbor, said he was shocked by the crime as he showed reporters photographs of Annabelle with the school's pep squad. He said he saw her every morning escorting her younger brother to the bus stop.
The triple homicides were the first of the year for Powder Springs, a suburban west Georgia town of about 15,000 about 20 miles west of Atlanta. The city's police department called in officials from Cobb County to help with the investigation, and media phone calls were referred to the county's investigators.