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A Brooklyn man methodically murdered his 1-year-old daughter, his stepdad and his 16-year-old stepbrother before killing himself inside their gore-spattered apartment.
Terrance Briggs, whose domestic battles with the stepdad had twice brought cops to their home, shot the other three in their heads before turning the weapon on himself, police said.
The murdered child’s grandmom stumbled onto the grisly murder scene when she arrived Wednesday for 5 a.m. babysitting duties at the Riverdale Osborne Towers in Brownsville, police said.
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Dead along with helpless little Laylay Briggs were her 27-year-old dad, along with Loyd Drain Jr., 57, and his 16-year-old namesake son Loyd III, according to police.
The four shared the apartment, and police sources said there was an ongoing dispute between the gunman and his stepdad.
A firearm was discovered in the home, although the gun was not in Terrance Briggs’ hands, the sources said. There was no suicide note left behind.
Terrance Briggs and his baby girl were found inside one bedroom in the fourth floor apartment, while Loyd III was in another bedroom and his dad’s body was found in a bathroom.
Cops believe that Briggs shot his stepfather first, then his teen stepbrother, and finally his own daughter.
The elder Drain “was a caring person — like a happy, joyful person,” said Josh Sanders, 17, a friend of the murdered teen. “He didn't really care what anybody said about him ... he just went on about his day, and he just enjoyed himself.”
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Juan Campos, 15, another close friend of the slain teen, started screaming upon hearing the incomprehensible news.
“I'm very upset ... I was screaming all through the house,” said Campos, who recalled his friend as a good basketball player.
“He was just was focused on his family," said Campos. “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, was devastated by word of the slaughter inside her apartment building. She referred to the burly Loyd Jr. by his nickname of “Big Daddy.”
“It breaks my heart to see them gone and to see his kids,” said Swain. “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."
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He said police had told him the shootings occurred at 1 a.m.
Another neighbor who declined to give his name said Loyd Drain Sr. 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 Loyd Drain III was friends with his son, and attended Public School 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."
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