JUST IN: West Palm mourners hold vigil for slain mother, 11-year-old daughter

8:46 p.m Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 Local
Mourners attend a vigil Saturday outside the West Palm Beach home of Kaladaa Crowell and her daughter Kyra Inglett, who were slain Thursday night. (Tony Doris / The Palm Beach Post)

The warmth of huddled neighbors and friends with memorial candles took some chill off the doorstep vigil Saturday night for Kaladaa Crowell and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett, slain Thursday in their home just north of downtown.

About three dozen gathered after sundown, around a memorial of stuffed animals, a pink roller skate and two golden letter “K” balloons. The balloons dangled together in the breeze, reflecting candlelight under the shifting canopy of a live oak.

The gathering included weeping schoolmates of Kyra from Northboro Elementary, workmates of Crowell and one man that knew them just from the smiling “Hey, Neighbor!” he got whenever Crowell walked by.

Crowell, 36, a caseworker at the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health, was found dead in the house at 822 Third St. shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Kyra was found lying on the pathway to the house and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The next morning, police said the elementary student, known for her “spunky” demeanor and artistic talents, died from her injuries.

Neighbors had heard the gunshots and a scream.

As of Saturday evening, police continued to search for 26-year-old Marlin Larice Joseph, who officers believe killed the mother and daughter. Police said Joseph drove Crowell’s 2012 gray Toyota Camry away from the scene Thursday. The four-door vehicle has a Florida Bethune-Cookman University tag with BA0MJ. Neighbors said he lived in the home with Crowell and her daughter, but police have not said how Joseph knew them.

Pastors and friends offered prayers and remembrances Saturday night, and received offers of counseling and pleas to comfort others. “Ask yourself: Am I a person that someone who’s hurting can turn to? This is a journey we don’t have to walk alone,” Pastor J.R. Thicklin said.

Representatives of Mothers Against Murderers Association offered to help with counseling.

One woman described Crowell as “a hard-working young lady who had a beautiful daughter.” A school girl wiped away tears and called Kyra “a very good friend” and added, “but I know she’s in a better place now.”

According to an online Palm Beach Post database, there have been 98 homicides in Palm Beach County this year. The trend has especially affected West Palm Beach, the scene of 27 murders.