A third victim was injured but survived a violent attack Monday morning that left two people dead inside their Hartsfield Woods home. The family may have been targeted, said Dave Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department. The information about the third victim was not previously released to ensure safety measures were in place, said Northway. Other family members were home at the time of the crime, too, according to TPD. They were all unharmed. One of the comments posted on the WCTV website stated that the third victim is a female, a high school student and a member of the ROTC. The post also stated that the third victim is suffering from a gun shot injury. TPD is still not releasing information about a possible perpetrator. They also haven’t said how the family members were killed or injured.
Hartsfield Woods residents were surprised about the news that two neighbors were found dead inside their home Monday, but they maintain the area is quiet. Scott Glass has been living in the Northwest Tallahassee neighborhood for six months with his wife. “I was talking to one of my neighbors and they said nothing like this has happened around here in the last 10 years,” said Glass. “I think it’s still a safe neighborhood.” Yamada Sheree Bell, 30 and Jermaine Wendell Siplin, 31, were found dead in their home on Veda Street Monday morning. Police have not released any new details about how the two died or suspects in their death.
After the death of the two Hartsfield Woods residents, Yamada Sheree Bell, 30 and Jermaine Wendell Siplin, 31, on Monday morning, police have not released any new details about how the two died or suspects in their death. Another post on the WCTV website stated that Siplin is a felon and is a wanted person. Several postings on the WCTV website suggest that this is a murder-suicide situation. This speculation is always present when the police do not release more information.
Residents of Hartsfield Woods on the northwest side of town woke up to horrifying news Monday morning — two of their neighbors were found dead inside their home. The victims were identified later in the evening as Jermaine Wendell Siplin, 31, and Yamada Sheree Bell, 30, said Officer David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department. TPD released few details, including whether a suspect was at large or whether anyone else was injured but survived. Throughout the day, TPD would only say it was investigating “suspicious deaths involving multiple victims.” Northway confirmed the double homicide in a news release issued at 6:44 p.m. In an interview, Northway said officers were called to the 2700 block of Veda Street in a neighborhood off Hartsfield Road about 4:30 a.m. by a neighbor who heard a disturbance outside and called 911. When asked whether the public should have any reason to be concerned about a culprit on the loose, Northway said residents should follow regular safety precautions. “Make sure you lock your doors when you’re inside,” he said. “Make sure when you leave the house you lock the doors, your vehicle. Be aware of the people around you as you approach your vehicles going to and from your buildings.”
Northway said he would release more information when it becomes available. “I know the investigators are working as hard as they can for the members of the family and for the people who were involved so that we can get to the bottom of whoever did whatever this was,” he said. Emergency responders could be seen taking two bodies out of the house later in the afternoon. The scene prompted tears from many of the dozens of family members and friends who gathered at the scene. One woman who wanted to go home had to be helped to her vehicle by loved ones. The family members declined to be interviewed. Victor Lewis, who lives across the street from the home, said he and his roommate were awakened early in the morning by their own barking dogs. They heard car doors slamming and a girl screaming, Lewis said. “It was like the worst thing I ever heard, probably,” Lewis said, adding that he didn’t hear gunshots.
Donna Wells, who lives nearby, said she didn’t know the victims but had seen family members outside. She said a man and woman lived in the home with a teenage daughter and possibly other children. “It was a tragedy,” she said. “A very bad tragedy. We are peaceful out here. We’re quiet.” She and other neighbors exchanged what bits of information they could and acknowledged they were rattled by not having any more details. “I’m nervous, a little paranoid, just not knowing what really occurred,” Wells said. Leon County has had 10 homicides this year through June, according to statistics released last week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The statistics showed a 14-percent increase in overall crimes compared to the same time period last year. Earlier this month, Tallahassee was listed as the eighth most-dangerous city in America by Forbes magazine.