Shaquan Duley's Family
Shortly after police discovered Devean and Ja'Van, they began questioning Shaquan's story. Shaquan allegedly told authorities that she suffocated her sons with her own hands in a local hotel room. She then allegedly put their lifeless bodies into the car and drove it into the river.
Shaquan's mother, Helen, says she was worried the fight would escalate. "[Shaquan] was highly upset, raging, acting like a crazy person. Nothing like I've ever seen in her before," she says. "I'm like, 'This is not my daughter.' And so when I saw her flaring up in Adriane's face I said, 'There can't be a physical altercation in here.' So I ... called the police."
Adriane says Shaquan scooped up her sons, put them in the car and drove off. "That was the last that I saw of her," she says.
A few hours later, Helen says the coroner was at her house. "He said: 'Ma'am, I'm sorry. Your daughter is at the hospital, but your two grandsons perished.' It was the worst news I could have heard."
Shaquan's father says her behavior that day was uncharacteristic. "It was just a little something that was blown out of proportion," he says. "She's a very loving daughter."
Though Helen says Shaquan had been going through a hard time recently, she never believed her daughter was capable of violence against her children. Aside from the two boys, Shaquan also has a daughter, who currently lives with Adriane. Shaquan "loved children, and she always did what she could to take care of her children," Helen says. "I know when she had her children she was very proud to become a mom, so the thought never came in my mind that she would do anything like that. I was totally shocked."
Watch Helen and Adriane open up about visiting Shaquan in jail.
Helen says she would like to know what happened that day but is waiting for Shaquan to tell her herself. "I don't know whether I could just ask her 'Shaquan, why did you do this?' I don't know, because she must have snapped."
Shaquan's case is still under active investigation, and she is currently in jail awaiting trial. She was recently denied bond and has yet to enter a plea. Shaquan's lawyer, Carl Grant, says there are many issues that must be factored into the case. Hours after the incident, local mental health officials diagnosed Shaquan as having a major depressive disorder with psychotic features, Carl says. "The evidence shows that she sliced her wrist in an attempt to commit suicide, ... and she drove her car into the river in an attempt to drown herself."
Carl says they have already filed notice of their intent to rely upon the insanity defense in this case.
Shaquan's family all say they have forgiven her for her actions. "I'm a Christian, and the Bible teaches you that you have to forgive," Adriane says. "It doesn't say whether it's a great sin or small sin. If God forgives us, then we owe that to Shaquan to forgive her."
Watch the Duley family remember Devean and Ja'Van.