Two women stabbed to death in Madera, suspect arrested


Editor’s Note: The Madera Police Department previously reported the suspect’s first name incorrectly as Dejone. That has been updated in this story.

Police are investigating a double homicide in Madera. Two women were stabbed to death in their home on Pear Street Thursday. The attack sent a third woman to the hospital. 

Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson said it was a violent attack by a family member. “(The suspect) grabbed a knife and began viciously stabbing all three of the victims,” he said. 

Lawson identified the suspect as 23-year-old Deijon Shaequan Walker and said he was living with three female family members and had been in a days long drug induced psychosis, when he grabbed a knife and began viciously stabbing them. Authorities don’t know what led up to the attacks.

He then stole one of their cars and drove off before crashing into an abandoned vehicle. That’s when authorities caught up to him..

“A fight ensued. He was very combative with the officers. We got him into custody. He was taken to the hospital. He’ll be booked on attempted murder and double homicide charges,” Lawson said.

Neighbors were shocked by the crime, some are now questioning their safety.

“I’m thinking it could happen anywhere and in any neighborhood. And if you really think about it I don’t think anyone is safe anywhere,” Juan Molina said. 

Police believe the two women killed were the suspects aunt and great-aunt. They said the third is also a family member, but could not confirmed how they were related.

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