[UPDATE] TPD Identifies Victims in Homicide on Saddle Creek Run

By  | 

UPDATE 12-29 by Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee Police are still not releasing many details in the slayings of a mother and her three kids who were killed last month.

But, they do want the community to come forward with information they may have.

Tallahassee Police Deputy Chief Cheryl Stewart said, "We will not rest until we find the person or persons responsible."

With that said, Tallahassee Police are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing 27-year-old Brandi Peters, her twin six-year-old old daughters, Tamiyah and Taniyah, and her three-year-old son Jovonte Segura.

Lorene Rogers lives near where the family was slain, and made sure to be at the police department Wednesday when the chief deputy announced the reward.

Rogers said, "I'm afraid, and I will be afraid until justice is served. I don't know why or what was the reason for it happening, but it was real close to me."

Officers say they were called to 908 Saddle Creek Run on November 20th from a report of suspicious activity.

They found Peters and her children dead inside of their home.

Police have not released to the public how the family was killed.

Deputy Chief Steward said, "In my 23 years of law enforcement, I've never had to deal with a more disturbing and emotional crime. The Tallahassee Police Department will not rest until we have justice for Brandi and her family."

Rogers said, "I hope it will make a difference. I hope somebody will come forward."

Big Bend Crime Stoppers has set up a Brandi Peters Family account at Capital City Bank at 1828 West Tennessee Street. This is an effort to raise additional money for the reward.

Police say they still cannot give details out of fear of jeopardizing the investigation. But, now that there's a reward, they hope for more participation from the community. Residents can call 891-4825. That is a 24-hour hotline for this case.

Lamaar Outdoor Advertising is donating two of its electronic billboards to further publicize the reward.


[UPDATE] 12-29 1:37 --

TPD Release:

On Saturday, November 20, 2010, at approximately 10:15AM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 908 Saddle Creek Run. Inside the home officers found the bodies of 27 year-old Brandi Peters, her twin 6 year-old daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah, and her 3 year-old son Javante Segura. The cause of their deaths was determined to be homicide.

Investigators believe there are people in the community with knowledge of this crime that could lead to the identification of the suspect(s). To date, this information has not been provided. The City of Tallahassee on behalf of the Tallahassee Police Department is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for this crime.

Additionally, Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Big Bend Crime Stoppers have partnered with the Tallahassee Police Department. Lamar Outdoor Advertising is donating space on two electronic billboards. The billboards will allow additional notification to the public of our need for more information.

Another longtime partner, Big Bend Crime Stoppers, has established the Brandi Peters’ Family Account at Capital City Bank. The purpose of the account is to raise additional reward money. The account has been established at the Capital City Bank branch located at 1828 West Tennessee Street. The Tallahassee Police Department is also providing a 24 hour tip hot line. The hot line number is (850) 891-4825.

If you have any information about this crime and want to be eligible for a reward up to $10,000, please contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4825. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you will be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 by contacting Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).


[UPDATE] 12-29 10:10AM --

The Tallahassee Police Department announces a reward for information into the Saddle Creek Run quadruple murders. TPD is offering $10,000 for information about the Nov. 20 murders of 27 year-old Brandi Peters, her twin 6 year-old daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah, and her 3 year-old son Jovonte Segura. TPD will also put up billboards with the reward information listed.

Stay with WCTV for details.

A flyer and more pictures of the family are attached above.


[UPDATE] 12-28 12:30PM --

The Tallahassee Police Department will host a press conference tomorrow, December 29 at 10:00AM. The purpose of the press conference is to provide the public with an investigative initiative coordinated by the Tallahassee Police Department. The initiative is an effort to solve the murder of 27 year-old Brandi Peters, her twin 6 year-old daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah, and her 3 year-old son Jovonte Segura.




Updated 12-5-10 by Jennifer Milton

It was just two weeks ago that four people were murdered in their Tallahassee home, stunning neighbors and relatives. 27-year-old Brandi Peters, 6-year-old twins Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters and 3-year-old Javante Segura were killed inside their home on Saddle Creek Run on November 20th. Now the family of four is finally laid to rest.

Gethsemene Missionary Baptist Church was nearly overflowing with family, friends and members of the community who came to pay their respects and say a final goodbye to the slain mother and her three young children.

"This tragedy has touched a lot of people in a lot of different ways. But the whole idea of three little children, 3 years old, 6 years old, that's not comprehensible. It will take time to heal, time to grow stronger, time for us to recollect ourselves and to move forward and we're really hopeful that someone, the perpetrator of this act will be brought to justice real soon," Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor.

Police have not yet named a suspect or possible motive for the killings but do say the family appeared to be targeted.

UPDATED 12.3.2010 7pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee family prepares to bury a woman and her three children - as their killer remains at large.

The visitation for Brandi Peters and her children just concluded and those who knew them are anxious for answers.

Family, friends, neighbors and classmates come to say their goodbyes to Brandi Peters, her twin six year old daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah and her three year old son Javante Segura.

Hundreds of people stopped by during visitation hours at Tillmans. The sight of those lost lives and the thought of those lost futures is almost too much for some to bear.

"To see those kids laying up there like that ... they didn't deserve that and it is ridiculous," said a woman who identified herself as Miss Ruthie. "I hope they find the person that did it and I mean ... and if I had a chance I'd find 'em for them."

The murders stunned the capital city and made national headlines two weeks ago. The entire family was found dead in its home on Saddle Creek Run.

Police have not yet named a suspect or divulged a motive and refuse to say how the family died, where the bodies were found and what, if any evidence, the killer left behind.

The neighbors remain on edge and many continue to try to soothe the fears of their children who played with Tamiyah, Taniyah and Javante.

The family appeared to be targeted, police say, and those who knew them and those who didn't want to know why.

"It's so sad that the small children really didn't have very much of a chance and I certainly hope who done this to them, that they will get them," said cousin Laura Dickey.

Funeral services are set for tomorrow at 2pm at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church at 302 Wallis Street in Tallahassee.

[UPDATE] 12-3 3:38PM --

Questions continue to swirl around the brutal murders of Brandi Peters, her twin six year old daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah and son Javante Segura.

Their bodies were found in their home on November 20th. Neighbors reported dogs barking the night before, but police say no one heard anything unusual from inside the house.

Police have been very tight lipped about this case. They have not named a suspect nor disclosed a motive for the murders. And have not even revealed how the family was killed.

There were no signs of forced entry at the home, the only broken glass was shattered by officers who went to check on the family that Saturday morning.

Both of the children's fathers had recently been ordered to pay up tens of thousands of dollars in child support, but police say they have questioned them and do not consider them suspects at this time.

Right now, this remains a who dunnit, but the chief of police said this week he is confident they will solve this crime.

So as family, friends, neighbors and classmates gather to say goodbye they will undoubtedly still have lots of questions and few answers.

Funeral services are set for tomorrow at 2pm at Gethsemene Missionary Baptist Church at 302 Wallis Street in Tallahassee.

The funeral home continues to accept donations to help cover the expenses of burying this family.


Updated 11-30 7:41pm

No one is under arrest yet for the murders of a Tallahassee woman and her three children. But, the community is coming together to try to give the family a proper burial.

Staff members at the Capital Area Community Action Agency are trying to financially assist the family of 27-year-old Brandi Peters.

Peters, her six-year-old twin daughters, and her three-year-old son were killed in their home at 908 Saddle Creek Run in Tallahassee on November 20th.

So far, the agency has collected just $412 to help with funeral expenses.

Dorothy Inman-Johnson, C.A.C.A.A. Executive Director, said, "We feel better that we have something we can do because you feel it's such a loss when something like this happens. We want the family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers and so many people out there are thinking and caring about them."

Inman-Johnson says there is a state program that will help with burial costs for the children but, she encourages the community to donate to cover Brandi Peters' expenses.

An account has been set up at Tillman Funeral Home in Tallahassee.

The funeral home is located at 4006 Crawfordville Road in Tallahassee. The phone number is 850-942-1950.


Updated 11-29 7:30pm by Lanetra Bennett

It's been more than a week and there is still no arrest in the murders of a mother and her three kids.

Police are tight lipped about suspects and a motive, too.

They say they have received lots of tips, some by phone and others scrawled on hand written notes given to officers on scene, but so far, none has led to the naming or arrest of the suspected killer.

Tallahassee resident Joanne Gambles has three young children.

Her youngest daughter celebrated her first birthday on the same day three children down the street were killed, along with the children's mother.

Gambles said, "It's sad because it's a woman and three kids. It's bad enough that an adult, but kids who had barely even begun to live. Our kids are young around their age, too, so, it's sad."

On November 20th, six-year-old twins Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, three-year-old Jovante Segura, and their mother 27-year-old Brandi Peters.

Authorities say they were found dead in their home at 908 Saddle Creek Run in Tallahassee.

Police will not say what leads they have but say they are following up on tips.

Gambles said, "You don't want to rush it because it would be terrible for them to catch somebody and then find out there was a mistake or something that happened."

No suspects have been named.

Authorities also say there were no signs of forced entry at Peters' home and say they don't believe the crime was random.

Mike Beavers lives in the neighborhood. He said, "It's kind of scary, but you can't worry about it. I ain't going to lose sleep over it. All I can tell them, if they're still out there and they're watching the news, don't try 831 Brookwood Manor Drive because you'll be a dead son of a gun."

Officer Dave McCranie says investigators are still analyzing evidence from the house. He says they have gotten active information from the public.

Police are not giving details but say some information has been beneficial.

UPDATED 11-23-2010 -

Commissioner Bill Proctor Press Release

Commissioner Bill Proctor and Reverend Stanley Walker Announce the Restoration of Peace Prayer Vigil for the Saddle Creek Community

Leon County District One Commissioner Bill Proctor announces a prayer vigil led by Rev. Stanley Walker, President of the Tallahassee Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance on Monday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. at 908 Saddle Creek Run.

Commissioner Proctor, Reverend Walker and the faith community are coming together to reclaim, calm, encourage and restore a sense of tranquility through a Restoration of Peace Prayer Vigil for the Saddle Creek Community.

This event is open to the public and Rev. Stanley Walker TIMA President is asking ministers, churches and the community to come together. A “touch and agree” unity circle will be formed where comments will be offered by Chief of Police Dennis Jones, Dr. Pam Hightower, Bond Elementary School Principal, Commissioner Bill Proctor and Rev. Stanley Walker.

In event of rain, the prayer vigil will occur at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 615 Tuskegee Street.

WHO: Tallahassee Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

WHAT: A Restoration of Peace Prayer Vigil for the Saddle Creek Community

WHERE: 908 Saddle Creek Run

WHEN: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.


UPDATED 11.23.2010 by Julie Montanaro

The search continues for the killer of a Tallahassee woman and her three children.

Neighbors are anxious for answers and police say tips continue to come in, some by phone and some in person.

The home where a Tallahassee woman and her three children were found dead is still roped off with crime scene tape and remains under guard 24 hours a day.

Brandi Peters, her 6 year old twin daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah and three year old son Jovante Segura were found dead here Saturday and neighbors are anxious to find out who killed them and why.

"To be honest, I'm wondering myself if she was targeted or was this just some random act," said Jacque Williams, whose family lives next door. "Considering the nature of the incident, you know, being as violent as it was, I hope they find somebody very soon."

Tallahassee Police says they are working several leads but have not named any suspects and will not disclose how they were killed or where in the home their bodies were found.

A window next to the front door was broken by police who went to check on Peters. TPD Spokesman David McCranie says there were no other signs of forced entry. That might mean Peters knew her killer, McCranie said, but it could also mean the door was open and someone let themselves in.

Investigators say the father of the twins, Antonio Anthony and the father of the little boy, Henry Segura, have both been questioned and officers are well aware that Peters was in court twice in the past few months trying to collect tens of thousands of dollars in child support from them.

"We can't rule anybody out at this point. We've interviewed both fathers. We do know about the background with the financial responsibilities and it's certainly something we as investigators think about, but again at this point, we have not named any suspects," McCranie said.

We tried to reach both fathers for comment at three different addresses, but with no luck.

A woman answered the door at an Ayers Court home listed as Anthony's address when he was released from prison in March. She says he does not live there now.

We did stop by a home on Deslin Drive and speak with a man who identified himself as Henry Segura's father. He did not want to talk on camera, but says this never should have happened and he hopes the killer is found soon.

If you have any information on the murders, call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Updated 10:51pm 11-22-2010 by Associated Press


A woman who was killed along with her three children appeared in court earlier last week seeking child support from the father of her slain twin girls.

Court records examined Monday show a judge last Tuesday signed a
final order requiring Antonio L. Anthony, who had a lengthy
criminal record, to pay $307 a month plus retroactive support of
$22,925 to 27-year-old Brandi Peters.

Four days later Peters was found dead, along with the 6-year-old
twins, Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, and her 3-year-old son, Joyante

Peters also had obtained a final order for child support from
the boy's father, Henry Segura Jr., in August.

Police declined to comment on the case Tuesday, saying they had
no new information.

No suspects have been charged.

Updated 7:45pm 11/22 by Jennifer Milton:

The twin six year old girls were in kindergarten at Bond Elementary School and now students are learning about the tragedy.

Bond Elementary School's Principal says Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters were exceptional students. Principal Pam Hightower says grief counselors are helping classmates cope with the loss of their friends.

The counselors had students write messages and draw pictures on posters and they'll continue to provide emotional support at the school throughout the week.

Principal Hightower describes the fraternal twins as beautiful, happy, hard-working little girls who seemed to enjoy the arts and love to wear the color pink.

Counselors did not describe the circumstances of their death when they broke the news to students.

"A lot of the students did not know until this morning and Katie, one of our grief counselors, our psychologist, explained to them this morning that the girls were gone to heaven. And they started talking about their animals and other relatives that went to heaven, so they understand that they are gone and will not be coming back with them," said Hightower.

Hightower also says the girls were bright students and it was just last week that little Tamayah was named student of the week in her class.

The twins' teachers also put together a book of photos of the girls that were taken throughout the year to give to their family members.
Updated 11/22 6:48pm Reporter: Lanetra Bennett

Police return to a home where a Tallahassee mother and her three young children were found dead this weekend.

They are now trying to piece together evidence from that crime scene and identify a suspect.

One neighbor, who doesn't want to be identified, said, "They were some sweet kids and their mother was always outside watching her kids."

Those sweet kids and their mother were all found dead at 908 Saddle Creek Run in Tallahassee on Saturday morning.

Twin six-year-olds Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, three year old Jovante Segura, and mother 27-year-old Brandi Peters.

That neighbor says the children were just in her yard the day before their deaths playing with her kids.

"I was sad, I was devastated. I was like who in the world would do this to a mother and their kids? How can you hate somebody that much to kill the mother plus the kids?"

Witnesses say a family member went to the home to check on Peters Saturday morning, and saw blood inside and called 911.

Police say they found Peters and the kids around 10:15 in the morning.

Gabrielle Emery lives a few houses down. She said, "It kind of made me uneasy, just seeing that this family that was here today and gone the next, it just really does something to everyone."

Investigators were back on the scene Monday looking for evidence.

Police have not said how the family died, but, say violence did occur inside the home.

Neighbors remember a much happier scene on Saddle Creek Run.

Jeremy Adams said, "Always when I come through, I see her kids out playing and we looked forward to, on this road, them playing. They were just out having fun."

The woman who wished to remain anonymous said, "I had to explain to my kids that they could never play with them again because they were gone to heaven. I'm scared and I'm going to be afraid until they find that person who did it."

Forensics investigators have been on the scene all weekend and all day Monday looking for more clues.

Thomas County Sheriff's investigators were also called in to assist with technology that TPD doesn't have.

Police say there have been six car and house burglaries on this street over the last six months, but police say there were no signs of forced entry at Peters' home.

Police are not releasing any other information at this time. No suspects have been named.

Quadruple Murder

by Whitney Ray (news@wctv.tv)

Police are trying to track down the person or persons who brutally murdered a family of four. The bodies of a mother and her three kids were found Saturday morning in their Tallahassee home. As Whitney Ray tells us, the grieving process is underway for students who went to school with the young victims.

Gabrielle Emery lost a neighbor, and her three kids lost playmates after someone brutally murdered a family of four in their Tallahassee neighborhood.

“It’s a tragedy. It kind of shakes me up and makes me protect my kids a little more,” said Gabrielle.

It’s still too early in the investigation for police to talk about what happened in this home over the weekend, but some officers say it’s the most gruesome crime scene they’ve ever witnessed.

Monday forensic investigators from Georgia assisted Tallahassee police, looking for fingerprints and DNA. A recent string of burglaries in the area suggest a random attack, but investigators say there were no signs of forced entry leading them to believe the victims knew the killer.

“We are not sure exactly how they got into the house or was this someone who was known to the family,” said McCranie.

A Facebook page memorializes victims Brandi Peters, her three year old son and twin six year old girls.

And the news of the murders reached the twins kindergarten classes Monday morning where administrators were prepared with grief councilors. The classes flipped through a photo album of the girls and drew pictures in remembrance.

“Our psychologist explained to them this morning that the girls were going to heaven and they started talking about their animals that were in heaven and other relatives so they understand that they are gone and they will not be coming back,” said Pam Hightower, the principal at Bond Elementary.

And while the community grieves, the long arm of the law is searching for clues to find out who would have attacked this defenseless family just days before Thanksgiving.

Tallahassee Police need help tracking down Peters’ extended family. They’re asking anyone who knew 27 year old Brandi Peters to call them at 891-4200.

Update 11/21/10 Updated 10:05 pm

"When they got killed, that made me freeze and it made my heart sad and I start crying," said neighbor Nadia Emery.

9-year-old Nadia Emery lives across the street from the home that turned into a crime scene- the home where police say a mother and her three young children were violently killed.

"Me and my brother used to go to their house and we used to play tag and dolls," said Emery.

27-year-old Brandi Peters, her 6-year-old twin daughters Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters and their 3-year-old brother Jovante Segura were found dead in the home at 908 Saddle Creek Run on the morning of November 20th. Neighbors are feeling the aftershock.

"It was hard for me to sleep last night just thinking that someone and those little babies, that such horrible things could be happening to them, just so close," said neighbor Corinn Levine.

Police say autopsies of the victims are underway but they are keeping details of the circumstances surrounding the quadruple homicide under wraps. Darius Mount lives just a few houses away from the Peters residence and says he had placed a call to police alerting them to unusual circumstances around 9 hours before the bodies were discovered.

"I put in a call to TPD, the non-emergency number, and I let them know, 'hey there's some barking going on on Saddle Creek Run. I was probably up for about 2 hours after I put in the call and nobody stopped by," said neighbor Darius Mount.

Tallahassee Police have not commented on Mount's concern about his phone call, but do say there was no sign of forced entry during the crime and they are continuing the investigation to hopefully put whoever is responsible for the heinous act behind bars.

TPD Press Release: 11/21/10 Updated 5:51 pm

Yesterday, at approximately 10:15AM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 908 Saddle Creek Run in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, officers located the bodies of four people inside the home. The preliminary investigation indicates violence did occur inside the home. Based on physical evidence and preliminary results obtained from the Medical Examiner's Office, the case has been classified as a homicide.

Many rumors have circulated as to how the deaths occurred, but the details will not be released, as the investigation is ongoing. " I want to assure the public that we are following up on active leads in this case. We cannot release details, as it would adversely affect our ability to solve this crime," said Chief Dennis Jones.

The Tallahassee Police Department has investigated burglaries in the Saddle Creek Run area in the recent past, but there was no sign of forced entry during this crime. Photos of the broken glass near the front door of 908 Saddle Creek Run have circulated leading many in the public to believe this crime was related to a burglary. The damage to the window near the front door was the result of officers from the Tallahassee Police Department forcing entry into the residence upon arrival.

The victims of the homicide have been positively identified as:

Brandi Peters 2/14/83
Tamiyah Peters 9/2/04
Taniyah Peters 9/2/04
Jovante Segura 7/26/07

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.
UPDATED 11:40 am

Autopsies are being performed on the bodies of a young mother and three small children found slain in what was described by police as a violent crime scene in north Florida.

The street has reopened in front of the home, which was otherwise quiet on Sunday morning. Tallahassee police spokesman David McCranie says the autopsies are being done in the morning, and authorities working to find out who may have wanted to harm the
family. Police hope to have more information by the afternoon.

Neighbors and some who identified themselves as relatives said
the woman was a single, stay-at-home mother raising twin 6-year-old
girls and a 3-year-old son. Authorities confirmed the ages of the
dead children, but not their identities.

The home sits in a modest, new subdivision a few miles from the
state Capitol.

Updated 10:15 am by Jennifer Milton

"I woke up at about ten thirty, come outside my house and it looks like 9-11 out here, I mean police, ambulance."

Darius Mount couldn't believe his eyes when he found a crime scene just a few doors down from his Tallahassee home.

"I immediately knew from just off what I saw, that it was something bad," said Mount.

Police say four people were found dead inside a house on Saddle Creek Run, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

"We have two six- year- olds and a three- year -old at this time, confirmed to be deceased and what appears to be their mother. As to what caused this, we don't know yet, does appear to be violence involved," said TPD Public Information Officer David McCranie.

"Right now I'm still kind of distraught, I really don't believe it, that I'm not going to see those little girls running around, up and down the street anymore," said Mount.

Mount and his wife have lived at their home on Jim Lee Road for the last 5 years. He says crime is no stranger to the area.

"Typically, the only thing we've experienced in this neighborhood, there's been a string of break-ins and things of that nature, but nothing had ever happened to this magnitude, this is by far the worst I've ever seen it get in this neighborhood," said Mount.

Authorities remain tight lipped about the identity of the family and have not released details about the cause of death.

Mount says the two six-year-old's were twin girls and the three-year-old was their younger brother, but police have not yet confirmed those details. We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

Mount says he called authorities the night before when he heard dogs barking excessively.

"At about 1:27am when I got in from work I heard a lot of barking and it was just out of the norm. Typically around that time of day things are winding down it should be really quiet but the barking was just a little bit excessive so, you know I just put in a call to TPD, the non- emergency number and just let them know "hey, there's some barking going on on Saddle Creek Run. I didn't get a call back, you know, I was probably up for about maybe 2 hours after I put in a call and nobody stopped by."
UPDATE: 12:50pm

Tallahassee Police say four people were discovered dead inside a home at 908 Saddle Creek Run on Saturday, November 20.

Officers found the bodies of two 6-year-old children, a 3-year-old and what appears to be their mother.

Tallahassee Police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus