NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Evonne and Damere Warren were supposed to grow up together, destined by birth to play, learn, and discover the world side by side, like siblings do.
But Evonne would never meet her little brother, and Damere would never know her big sister. The siblings were born just one year apart, and died one year apart. Now they are accusing their father of murdering them both.
A grand jury indicted DuWayne Warren, 26, on three counts of second-degree murder in Norfolk Circuit Court on Wednesday. Warren was previously charged with the murder of his 3-month-old son Damere and the baby’s mother, 22-year-old Epiphany Andrews, on December 29, 2020. Prosecutors brought a third charge of second-degree murder against Warren Wednesday, accusing him ‘of killing his 3-month-old daughter Evonne a year before beating her brother and mother to death in their Norfolk apartment.
DuWayne E. Warren
Nexstar a WAVY first learned about Evonne’s death in June when reviewing Damere and Andrews ’autopsy. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported that Andrews and Warren had another child who “died in suspicious circumstances” on December 19, 2019, a year before Damere died. The Norfolk Police Department confirmed that Evonne’s case was being investigated as an indeterminate death.
OCME determined that Evonne had died of “suspected asphyxiation,” also known as choking. Evonne suffered both blunt force trauma injuries to her body, which healed when she died. OCME did not determine what role these injuries may have played in his death. OCME led his death as “indeterminate.”
OCME found that Damere died of blunt force block injuries and may have choked to death. The OCME report also found that Damere had many bruises and scars on her body and several rib fractures that were in different stages of healing. A forensic anthropologist determined that the fractures were consistent with abuse over the course of his short life.
Epifani Andrews (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
The same forensic anthropologist who examined Damere’s body in January 2021 also examined her older sister’s body a year earlier. That legal anthropologist reported “similar findings” in the examinations of both infants.
Andrews, who was born and lost both of his children within a year, also suffered a tragic fate, allegedly from Warren’s hands. OCME reported that the mother was severely beaten and was stabbed 25 times. He and Damere’s body were discovered by police in the living room of their 6th Bay Street apartment after neighbors called 911 and reported a domestic disturbance around 1 pm on December 29, 2020.
Prior to his arrest, Warren gave an apology to Andrews and his family on Facebook. Although she did not name Evonne or Damere, she referenced two children in her post:
“My babies I love yall I’m sorry. I pray God takes care of them … Piff I love you so much n [sic] I’m sorry for not being a better dad and love our babies, let them rip. I took everything from you and all I wanted to do is give you the world. “
DuWayne Warren via a Facebook post