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Relatives of 3 killed by Detroit gunman ask for prayers

February 15, 2018

Detroit police officers are at the scene of a barricaded gunman situation Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Detroit. Detroit police say they're seeking a gunman after two women were fatally shot and an officer was wounded while responding to the shooting on Sunday. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — Relatives of three women killed by a gunman involved in a domestic dispute in Detroit are asking for prayers for their family.

Authorities say 49-year-old Lance Smith killed his girlfriend and two women who came to her aid and wounded three police officers before killing himself Monday.

Family members released a statement Wednesday identifying the slain women as 71-year-old Barbara Ann Williams; her 51-year-old daughter, Cynthia Ann Williams; and Barbara Williams’ 62-year-old sister, Patricia Wilson. Relatives say Cynthia Williams was Smith’s girlfriend.

The family’s statement says: “The loss of these treasures is heartbreaking and even more unimaginable knowing they died tragically in a senseless and savage trilogy of murder.”

Smith’s death ended a 14-hour standoff with police. The officers who were wounded included Wilson’s husband, a Detroit school district officer who was not on duty.

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