Maryvale murder victims' family forced to move out of home

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 11:05:34-04

A Valley family is still looking for answers after their daughter and granddaughter were gunned down in a Maryvale neighborhood last month.

Now, there's a new stress for them after learning they're getting kicked out of their home.

Sylvia and Dossie Ellis Sr. are still reeling from the death of their 12-year-old granddaughter, Maleah, Stefanie, 33, and her friend Angela Linner.

"It’s like my life has just been turned all around," Sylvia said.

All three victims were gunned down in June. Their deaths are part of a string of recent unsolved murders in the Maryvale area, Phoenix police said.

Up until the shooting, the family had been looking for a new home. The property manager told them their lease wouldn't be renewed after five years in that house. They were supposed to be out by June 30, but instead of moving they were burying their granddaughter.

"All I asked was for a week, two weeks... Whatever," Sylvia said. 

It has been a couple weeks, but Sylvia still hasn't gotten any concrete answers from the property manager or homeowner.

"He doesn't realize how fast I do want to get out of here because it's nothing but memories," Sylvia said.

During our interview, a phone call came in to Sylvia’s phone, signaling hope. Someone calling to tell the family that they've been approved to rent somewhere else.

"I can move in on Wednesday," Sylvia said, somewhat relieved.

The search for a new home may be coming to a close but the search for their loved ones' killer is far from over. They're still dealing with the grief as they prepare to bury their daughter next.

Police believe the murderer is still out there. They're offering a $16,000 reward for info leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to call Silent Witness at 480-Witness.