TERRYTOWN, La. —
A 14-year-old girl, one of the victims in a brutal, deadly hammer attack in Jefferson Parish, was taken off life support, and the suspect in the assault is facing an additional murder charge, officials confirmed.
Officials with the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that they received the body of Nashawna Riley after she was taken off life support. Her family confirmed Tuesday that she had been declared brain-dead.
A spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Riley succumbed to her injuries Wednesday. Terrance Leonard, the suspect, was booked on an additional count of first-degree murder, officials said.
Leonard, 33, confessed to the attacks on four children and his girlfriend at a home in the 900 block of West Monterey Court in Terrytown, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Leonard used the hammer to beat the children while they slept and told detectives he had used crack cocaine.
Leonard is also accused of waiting for his girlfriend, Kristina Riley, to come home and then bludgeoning her to death. Kristina Riley was the mother of three of the children and the aunt of the fourth child.
Two of the children died at the home, investigators said. Two others were taken to a hospital, including Nashawna Riley.
Leonard now faces four counts of first-degree murder.
Dozens came together Monday evening to honor the victims and gathered at Woodmere Cafe in Harvey for a benefit. The owner of the cafe said he had contacted the family members and wanted to do something nice for them. There’s also a benefit set up by Hancock Whitney Bank. To donate, visit any bank location and mention the Riley family.
The family thanked the community for its outpouring of support.