A baby girl named Laylah, her dad and two other family members were found shot to death Wednesday in a Brooklyn apartment in what cops believe was a triple murder-suicide.
According to police, the 53-year-old grandmother of the slain baby made the horrifying discovery when she arrived to babysit at 5 a.m. at the Riverdale Osborne Towers on Thatford Ave. near Riverdale Ave. in Brownsville.
All the victims — the baby, her 27-year-old father, a 16-year-old boy and his 57-year-old stepdad — were shot in the head, police said. It was unclear who pulled the trigger.
Little Laylah Briggs and her dad, Terrance Briggs, were found in one bedroom of the fourth-floor apartment, police said.
The teen, Loyed Drain Jr., was in another bedroom and his father, Loyed Drain Sr., in a bathroom.
The relationship between the Briggs and Drain families wasn’t immediately clear.
All four victims are related either biologically or through marriage, said Deputy Chief Michael Kemper of Brooklyn North.
There was a prior history of domestic violence at the home, sources said.
There weren’t any signs of a forced entry, police sources said.
Juan Campos, 15, a close friend of the teenage Loyed Drain, said he started screaming when he heard the news.
“I’m very upset … I was screaming all through the house,” Campos said. “He had very big dreams and he was smart,” he said. “His dad loved him. They used to do fun things.”
Neighbor Vanessa Swain, 50, said she knows the baby’s grandmother as Patricia, and believes the infant’s father lived elsewhere.
“It breaks my heart to see them gone and to see his kids,” Swain said, said of the 57-year-old she knew as “Big Daddy” for his burly physique.
“Waking up 7 o’clock to someone telling me all of them are gone. My heart is so numb right now.”
Neighbor James Walker, 62, said the victims moved in about 10 years ago.
“They were friendly people. They ain’t never have no trouble,” he said.
“This is a shocking thing to me because stuff like this just don’t happen,” he added. “They were a wholesome, respectful, decent family.”
He said police had told him the shootings occurred at 1 a.m.; he said he heard nothing, however.
Another neighbor who didn’t want to give his name said the 57-year-old victim is a retired transit worker who served in the military.
“These are my friends, man,” he said. “Big Daddy is one of the sweetest guys you could ever come in contact with. He would help anybody. He would give the shirt off his back, man.”
Jose Valdez, 54, who also lives in the complex, said the slain teen was friends with his son, and attended PS-41 across the street.
“The son played baseball and tried to play sports to lose weight,” he said. “He got good grades in school.”
NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey told reporters that the family had his sympathy.
My heart goes out to this family, the residents of the Riverdale Houses and Brownsville community,” Maddrey said.
“The nature of this business, we deal with death and tragic scenes,” he said. “But when it involves an infant, it’s extremely tough.”