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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Teenager, Her Mother Fatally Shot in Largo

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By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A mother and daughter were shot to death early yesterday in their home in a quiet Largo neighborhood, probably by someone who knew them, Prince George's County police said.

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Acting Chief Roberto Hylton said there was no indication of forced entry into the two-story, colonial-style home in the 10800 block of Southall Drive. There was also no indication that anything was stolen, he said.

"This is an isolated incident," Hylton said. "This is not a serial killer."

Police identified the victims last night as Karen and Karissa Lofton. They did not give ages or say which was the mother and which was the daughter. Public records list a Karen Lofton, 45, on Southall Drive.

The daughter, believed to be in her teens, called 911 about 2:30 a.m. to report that she and her mother had been shot and needed help, Hylton said. Police arrived and found both victims fatally shot in the upper part of the home, Hylton said.

Hylton said he did not know whether the young woman identified the attacker during the call. Homicide detectives were reviewing the tape of the call, he said.

"We're pulling out all the resources, doing everything forensically that we can," Hylton said.

The neighborhood in which the slayings occurred features well-kept homes with large front and back yards. "The area is pretty quiet," Hylton said.

He said there was no indication that yesterday's attack was connected to the double homicide that occurred Jan. 14 about five miles away, in a gated enclave of million-dollar homes near Upper Marlboro.

Eunice Baah, 36, and Seth Aidoo, 40, were killed in their home in the 14500 block of Turner Wootton Parkway, authorities said.

Baah died of a gunshot wound to the head, and Aidoo was stabbed, sources said. Detectives are pursuing leads in that case, Hylton said.

Staff writer Martin Weil contributed to this report.


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