Family of quadruple murder victims, “Distraught and in a state of shock”

Garlette Howard and her three daughters.

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Garlette Howard’s family is speaking out as the family looks for answers in Greenville’s tragic quadruple murder.

As you imagine, Howard’s family is distraught and still in a state of shock. Her mother, Sheila Lynch, said, when police walked into her house last night and told her what happened, her heart dropped.

“I never thought I would ever experience this,” said Sheila Lynch, who added she couldn’t even talk she was so devastated. “[They’re] looking down smiling now.”

The family said their daughter, sister, and niece a hard worker. They said her three daughters were everything to her.

“She always had a smile on her face,” Shelia Lynch said about Howard. “She always would laugh. [And] she loved work. She was a hard worker.”

“[She] loved her family, loved her job, and she had great potentials in life,” said James Lynch, Howard’s uncle. “And she was looking for great things in life.”

“She loved them children,” said Sheila Lynch. “She loved her kids.”

Lynch said the fact that someone so close to them could do this is terrible. She said she had no idea there were any issues between the couple.

“i wouldn’t want another mother to go through what I have to go through now,” said Sheila Lynch.

Lynch also said, every time they were around the family, things seemed normal.

“If you feel like your daughter is having trouble with her husband, check on that family. See, I didn’t know that all that was going on, but I would hate, honest, truly, to see [happen to] another family what happened to mine. I wouldn’t want them to happen to nobody else.”

One of Howard’s sisters said she knew the couple had some issues, but nothing of this magnitude.

Howard had three brothers and sisters. Their mother said the family is very close.

They also want to let you, the community, how much a growing memorial at Howard’s home and all the kind words mean to them.

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