DETROIT -

A 21-year-old Detroit man has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the shotgun slayings of two women and a man in the presence of two young children.

Shadell K. Love appeared Sunday in Detroit's 36th District Court. The prosecutor's office and police couldn't immediately say if he has a lawyer.

Love faces life imprisonment without parole if convicted as charged.

Authorities say Love fatally shot 25-year-old Lauren Trotty, 20-year-old India Coleman and 20-year-old Curtis Clemens.

The bodies of the three victims were found Thursday morning in a house on Coyle Street. All of the victims had been shot.

Neighbors said the home had been vacant for a couple of days. They believed people were squatting there.

Family says children were inside home

A 5-year-old girl was found inside Thursday morning and told neighbors that she saw a man kill her mother and the others. She apparently had been with the bodies for several hours.

"Now I think she is going to be traumatized for the rest of her life because she saw her mom get killed," said Kenyetta Hunt, the victim's cousin.

A 1-year-old child also remained in the house with the bodies overnight.

Shots ring out in neighborhood

"There was some noise, some shots heard mid-evening yesterday [Wednesday]. And apparently I think some family members were notified and they came to check on them and discovered them," said Detroit police inspector Dwayne Blackmon.

Family members say one of the victims is 24-year-old Curtis Clements.

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"He was just over here partying with some friends. " said friend Mark McSwine, who does not believe Clements was targeted.