Brothers, Grandmother Killed in Triple Homicide Identified

SACRAMENTO -- Friends of the victims in a triple homicide, which happened near 8th and Broadway in Sacramento over the weekend, are sharing their stories.

Two brothers and their grandmother were found dead inside their downtown Sacramento home.

In classrooms at the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, classmates of 23-year-old Marquise Brown are remembering their friend.

"Man, just his energy every time I've seen him, you know," said Indika Dale, Brown's friend at the Conservation Corps.

"Just the aura around the kid. Always cracking jokes. If you came mad, that was going to change after you had a conversation with him," said Daniel Dorsey, another friend of Brown's.

Executive Director David De Mers said Brown struggled in trying to earn his high school degree but never gave up the dream to change his life for the better.

"Attending school wasn't natural for him, wasn't something he truly enjoyed, but he came every day he could. He might be late many days, but he was here, and he came with a smile on his face," De Mers told FOX40.

Brown even helped inspire others to change, convincing Dorsey to return to the Conservation Corps school with him just a few weeks ago.

"He said, 'Well are you working now?' I said 'no,' he's like 'Well then come up to the school,'" Dorsey said.

Brown's body was discovered Saturday, along with his brother, 19-year-old James Robert Ferrell, and his grandmother, 68-year-old Christine "Tina" Lucas.

Family told FOX40 Ferrell recently graduated high school himself. Lucas worked as a pastor for years alongside her husband. Police have yet to release their cause of death.

"I really just want to know what happened to him... He was my bro," Dale told FOX40.

Meanwhile, Dorsey says he's going to follow up on the advice Brown gave him and get his diploma.

"I'm going to do it for the kid, you know what I mean? That's my boy. I'm going to do what he was trying to finish," Dorsey said.

Friends said Brown had a daughter who was less than a year old, and that was one of his motivations for turning his life around.

Dozens of candles, flowers and stuffed animals line the front porch of the home where the three were killed.

All three were discovered inside Brown and Ferrell's home Saturday night after a witness reported the bodies to Fire Station 5 across the street. Detectives have been knocking on doors in the neighborhood to see if anyone saw or heard anything. Officers are also reviewing surveillance from their PODS in the area.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this homicide to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “p3 tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.