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Mother and children, 4 and 5, found dead in triple murder | Daily …

Moriah Cunningham, 24, was found dead inside her apartment on Tuesday  Her son Elijah, four, and daughter, Alayliah, five, were also found dead with her   Moriah’s grandmother, Sheba Cunningham, discovered the bodies around 2pmPolice said the deaths are believed to be homicides and are still investigating Authorities did not release any information on how the family may have died Little Rock Police do not have any information to release about a suspect

Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com

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A mother and her two young children were found dead on Tuesday afternoon inside their the apartment in Arkansas. 

The bodies of Moriah Cunningham, 24, her four-year-old son Elijah and five-year-old daughter Alayliah were discovered by a relative around 2pm at the Rosewood Apartment complex in Little Rock.

Little Rock Police said Moriah’s grandmother, Sheba Cunningham, was concerned that the children had not been seen at school and went over to check on the family. 

The bodies of Moriah Cunningham (left and right), 24, her four-year-old son Elijah and five-year-old daughter Alayliah (right) were discovered by a relative around 2pm at an apartment complex in Arkansas

Police said Moriah’s grandmother, Sheba Cunningham, was concerned the children had not been seen at school and went over to check on the family. Elijah is (left) with his mother, older sister and Alayliah (right). The older sister was not at home at the time of the killings 

‘I couldn’t even think, seeing them lie there in blood… I couldn’t even think,’ Sheba told KATV. 

Officer Steve Moore said authorities have interviewed several people in the area to get more background information on the family. 

‘Background is what we want right now, to kind of see, like I said, what’s been going on, who’s supposed to be there, who’s not supposed to be there; is there anything now that’s not here that should be,’ he told KTHV 11. 

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Moore said all three deaths are believed to be homicides.

Police said Cunningham’s car was not in its parking spot on Tuesday and initially asked the public with help finding it. 

Later that evening, the 2004 white, four-door Honda Accord was located, but officers did not provide any additional information. 

The bodies of the family were discovered inside an apartment at the Rosewood Apartment complex

Authorities do not have any information to release about a suspect. Police also didn’t give details about how the mother and two children died or a possible motive. Moriah is pictured (left) and her children, Elijah and Alayliah (right) 

A family member wrote an emotional post about her cousins on Facebook.  

‘My Cousin My Baby Cousins are gone to heaven and I am in disbelief. This can’t be real! WHY?!!! Please pray for my family!’

According to the relative, Moriah also has another young daughter believed to be eight years old. 

Jeff Williams, a neighbor of the family, told KTHV that he knew the children and they were ‘some outstanding kids‘.

‘It really was tragic, what I heard today,’ Williams said. ‘Because I knew I hadn’t seen them in a couple of days. And then all this stuff popped off. I just, I ain’t really got the words to say.’ 

Authorities do not have any information to release about a suspect. Police also didn’t give details about how the mother and two children died or a possible motive. 

Officers said they are currently establishing a timeline from interviews with neighbors, relatives and friends. 

Authorities are also in the process of reviewing the apartment complex’s security cameras.

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