A 30-year-old woman charged with fatally stabbing her mother in a Columbia Heights apartment told police that she may have been high on PCP during the attack, after which she tried to take her own life, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court Friday.
The document says the suspect, Kieva Lynette Hooks, told a police detective that she had been arguing with her mother. She then broke down in tears and said, “I feel bad about what I did to my mom,” the affidavit says.
Hooks was charged with second-degree murder while armed and ordered held until a preliminary hearing Aug. 11. The body of her mother, Tajuana Lynn Hooks, 54, was found Thursday morning on the floor, next to a couch, in a first-floor apartment in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW.
Relatives could not be reached Friday, but a friend of Tajuana Hooks’s said she had fallen on hard times and had moved in with her daughter and granddaughter in Columbia Heights.
“She was a very sweet person,” said Charles Banks, 51, who met the victim in 2006 when she worked at Castle Wholesalers, a warehouse-type store for contractors in the Brentwood neighborhood of Northeast. She was a cashier there for about a year, he said.
Banks said that the two became close after she left the job and that he visited and spoke with her often, as recently as two weeks ago.
“I know she didn’t deserve what happened to her,” said Banks, who lives in Greenbelt, in Prince George’s County.
In 2011, a brief account of Kieva Hooks’s struggles was printed on a fundraising site run by a Washington-area charity called Global Living. It said that Goodwill of Greater Washington had used grant money from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation to help her find a job and restore her self-esteem. It described her as “unemployed, struggling and frustrated,” and feeling that life was hopeless.
Police said a private security guard found Kieva Hooks outside about 5:20 a.m. Thursday, barefoot, crying and bleeding from a cut on her neck. She told the guard that her parents were “doing crazy things” and that she was looking for a church. A surveillance video shows her walking around, holding her head in her hands.
The guard called D.C. police who went inside Hooks’s apartment and found her mother’s body on the floor. The court affidavit says police found a large kitchen knife and a pocket knife in the bathroom. The document says the tub was filled with red-colored water. Kieva Hooks’s daughter, now 9 years old, was not home at the time.
Kieva Hooks was taken to Howard University Hospital, where a detective interviewed her. She told him, “I may have smoked PCP,” the court documents state. The detective then said: “There is a reason you are crying. Those tears are for a reason.” She answered, the affidavit says, “Because of my mom.”
The court documents says Hooks admitted to stabbing her mother with both knives as the older woman lay on the couch, but she couldn’t recall how many times.
Julie Tate contributed to this report