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FAMILIES TRYING TO COPE AFTER FOUR ARE KILLED

Three of the children who were left motherless in the quadruple murders in a Koons Avenue home are still clinging to their grandmother's side, staying close to the woman who is drying their tears and helping them cope.

Robin Lynette-Brown said Wednesday that her grandchildren -- a 10-year-old boy and two girls, 8 and 11 months old -- are trying to deal with the loss of their mother, Tonisha Brown, 26, and their uncle, Robert "Little Man" Brown, 40, who were gunned down Saturday night at 320 Koons, along with two visitors, Gregory Conwell, 42, and Stacie Guest, 39.

"They get leery when I'm not there," Lynette-Brown said of her grandchildren. "All six of us lived together in that house, and I'm the only adult left."

The execution-style slayings have left three families reeling with grief.

Robin Lynette-Brown said a double funeral for her daughter Tonisha Brown and brother Robert Brown is planned for this weekend. Funeral arrangements also have been finalized for the other victims.

Services for Conwell were to be at noon today in Elim Christian Fellowship Church annex, 20-25 Central Park Plaza.

Services for Guest are at 11 a.m. Saturday in Prince of Peace Temple, 669 Kensington Ave., preceded by a wake at 10.

On Friday, Justin Thompson, 24, and Domenick Sutton, 22 -- each charged with four counts of second-degree murder -- are scheduled for felony hearings in City Court.

For Regina Suddith, life has been tumultuous since her fiance, Conwell, a father of two sons, was slain. She is expecting their first child.

"The last few days have been like hell," said Suddith. "I haven't had the appetite to eat a full meal and I think I might be losing weight . . . I'm always just thinking about him and how great of a man he was."

Family members said Guest and her fiance, Dwayne Quicksey, were thrilled at the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Feb. 27.

"She would sing lullabies to her baby . . . She just loved her baby," said her sister, Tracy Guest. "She was a good-hearted, sweet person who would do anything for anyone."

Pastor Vernal L. Harris, who will officiate at Guest's funeral, says the entire community is hurting for the families.

"I pray that the community will come together and something will be said at the funeral to help refocus ourselves to get our children off the streets," said Harris.

"We need to find a lesson to be learned from this horrendous crime. I'm not sure what that is, but I pray that love becomes more prevalent in our lives and we try to build some hope in our community."

Just three weeks ago, Harris said he met Guest for the first time when she attended a Sunday church service with her fiance and newborn daughter after she made a "decision to be more acquainted to God."

"The father will now care for his daughter with support of the family," said Harris, "but I can tell you, that there's no love like a mother's love."

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