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City of Columbia Police Department
Friday January 9th, 2015 :: 05:00 p.m. EST


Brook Pines Double Homicide Investigation Follow Up

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announces that today marks the four year anniversary of the violent unsolved murders of a mother and her child at a local apartment complex.

In 2011, 25-year-old Candra Alston and her 3-year-old daughter Malaysia Boykin were killed inside their Brook Pines Apartments. While CPD is not revealing how they died, Investigators believe the victims knew their killer (s).

The murders appear to be of a personal nature and show characteristics of an offender (s) who may have been in conflict with Alston. There were also no signs of a forced entry at the crime scene.

In an effort to identify and locate the suspect (s), the Columbia Police Department has utilized new technology and DNA forensics to generate a possible identity.

DNA collected from the scene was analyzed and processed into DNA Phenotyping – a process which uses a DNA sample to predict the physical appearance of a person/suspect.

CPD is releasing a computer-generated picture of what the person of interest may look like.

The male is possibly dark-skinned with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture does not indicate an exact age, so he could be older than he appears.

“I am pleading with the public to help find the person who murdered my daughter and granddaughter”, says Carl Alston. ”It’s hard for me to come to grips with what happened and I still have trouble really believing my daughter and granddaughter are gone.”

CPD asks citizens to call CRIMESTOPPERS if they recall a change in a relative’s, friend’s or acquaintance’s behavior at the time of the murders, especially if that person acted differently or strangely.

If you have information about the investigation, Chief Holbrook encourages citizens to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” followed by the tip information.
LOG onto:, and click on the red "Submit a tip” tab.

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