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Posted at 7:19 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 20:19:34-05

Loved ones of victims who were involved in a deadly shooting Sunday evening, which left a mother and daughter killed and three women critically injured, say it has been an emotional two days while the suspect was on the loose.

The suspect, Dontevous Loyd, turned himself in Tuesday morning after allegedly shooting and killing Destacia Straughn, 22, and her daughter Kenacia, a two-year-old,  near 108th Street and Military Road.

Stacey Straughn, the  mother and grandmother of Destacia Straughn and her little girl Kenacia, declined an on-camera interview, but had these words to say through a family spokesperson, Chaplain Dale Carter.

"I think the awesome thing about Stacey is, she said today, is that she's really in a realm for forgiving because she know she can't get to heaven unless she forgives him,” Carter says.

Straughn’s former boyfriend, Kentrell Amerson who is also the father of their daughter, says Loyd's surrender offers little peace.

Amerson says the two remained on good terms for their daughter’s sake and he deeply cared for Straughn.

“I need [Destacia]. I call her phone. I call and I call and I call....and I just want her to call me,” Amerson says.

The Straughn family, Carter says, realizes the shooting affected other families, too.

“She's thinking about everybody that was in the house,” he says. “She knows the conditions of the girls that are in the hospital. She's aware of their condition. It's almost like she knows it more than just her daughter and granddaughter.”

The mother of Kachelle Roby, 22, says her daughter is listed in critical condition.

 As for the other survivors, hospital officials have not released the conditions of Jamie Latner, 18, and Larrion Williams, 21.

"Stacey just really wants people to be in prayer for the people – for the people who are still here and also be in prayer for her and her family,” Carter says.

The Straughn family has set up a fundraising account with Metro Credit Union. To learn more information, click here.