Aug 19, 2010

Ja'Van Duley, Devean Duley

 
Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - For the first time since the bodies of two young boys were discovered in the Edisto River, Shaquan Duley's mother and sister are breaking their silence.

Helen and Adriane Duley are hoping their story will save someone else in desperate need of help.

Shaquan is charged with the murder of 18-month-old Ja'Van Duley and 2-year-old Devean Duley. Officers say she confessed to suffocating them with her hand, putting them in a car, and finally placing that car in the Edisto River along Shillings Bridge Road just outside Orangeburg.

Helen says her grandchildren were gifts from God.

"They were happy children, energetic, they were boys," Helen says. "Devean I think he was gonna play some kinda sport. Javon, he was the only one of my grandchildren I gave my full name too; I call him Gerber baby, he had that kind of smile"

She and her other daughter, Adriane, say the boys had a specific purpose.

"My nephews lost their lives, but their living wasn't in vain," says Adriane Duley. "I pray that through her story this won't happen again; those children are gonna save lives and so is she."

They believe Shaquan is a loving mother and a person who needed help.

"There's nothing you would ask Shaquan that she wouldn't do," Helen says. "I'm asking the people not to judge her for what she's done, but understand that we all have problems and never know when things might get out of hand."

Shaquan Duley

Orangeburg Sheriff Larry Williams says he believes Shaquan was overwhelmed by the responsibility of motherhood.

"That's not normal behavior," Adriane says. "You have to be physically well to take care of your children but you also have to be mentally well."

This is a day the Duley's never wanted to face, but while the national media spotlight shines on their family, they hope save someone whose story has yet to be told.

"If you have a problem, please seek help, there are resources out there, talk to somebody," Helen says.

With Shaquan's five-year-old daughter left to raise, Helen says this is only the beginning of a long road, but she's pacing herself with help from a power greater than her own.

"There's a deep hurt, this is a very dark time in our lives but because of my faith in God, I feel the victory," Helen says.

The family has an account set up at Bank of America to help them cover funeral costs. You can donate by asking for the Duley memorial at any branch location.

The funeral for Ja'Van and Devean is set for Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Orangeburg. source

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