New Castle Police spent several hours Tuesday night questioning people as part of a triple homicide investigation, where the youngest victim is just ten years old.

As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, no arrests had been made and police had not commented on a motive. Police Chief Robert Salem tells 21 News he does not believe the crime was random.

Earlier in the day, cries of grief could be heard coming from outside the home on West North Street, where a man, a woman and her ten year-old daughter were killed.

Police identified the victims as 31-year-old Lawrence Cannon, 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey, and 10-year-old Amariah Emery.

"Like what type of person would do this, this it's sick," said Cameron Williams, the cousin of Cannon.

Police say the crime happened sometime overnight. The victims were discovered at around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday by a family member.

The father of Cannon, Lawrence Williams, said his son had moved to the area just two weeks ago from Oklahoma and had plans to go back there to his kids and wife.

"He has four kids and I've got to tell them. Today is my birthday and I've got to deal with my son getting killed on my birthday. It's awful," said Lawrence Williams.

Relatives don't know how Cannon knew Pumphrey, who lived at the home with her ten year old daughter.

Four other children in the house, according to police, were safe and are now with family members.

"We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident," said Chief Salem.

"This shouldn't have happened. This shouldn't have happened to him. This shouldn't have happened to the woman. This shouldn't have happened to the child, especially the child," said Cameron Williams.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Criminal Investigative Unit at 724-656-3538 or tips can be left on our website at