GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The man suspected of killing four people, including two of his own children, has been extradited back to North Carolina from Virginia.
Police said Dibon Toone used a hammer to kill 32-year-old Garlette Howard and her three daughters this week. The girls were 6, 7, and 11 years old. Officials said Toone is the father of the two youngest victims.
He was later arrested in Richmond, Virginia, but brought back to Greenville Friday.
While the horrific crime continues to rock the Pitt County town, members of the community gathered in front of the home to pray for peace and comfort.
Phyllis Louise Carr was the grandmother of the 11-year-old victim, Bryana.
“She was very sweet, very loveable, and she will be missed,” Carr described Bryana.
Carr said she received a call earlier this week that Bryana was killed along with her mother and sisters.
“It’s hard. It’s very, very hard,” Carr told CBS North Carolina. “It bothers me the way she died. That’s what hurts the most.”
Friday, Carr came to the crime scene for the first time since her granddaughter was killed. While she’s saddened by the loss, she’s amazed by the support.
“I can see all the love the community had for them. It’s beautiful, it’s really beautiful,” she said.
Carr was surrounded by police, clergy and community members during a prayer circle.
“I wanted to come to the prayer session, because I knew I needed prayer. It helped a lot,” Carr said Friday.
Greenville police and local clergy have been coming to homicide scenes in the city to pray for nearly a year and a half.
Toone faces one murder charge right now. Police said the case is going to a grand jury for an additional three murder charges.