The red evidence tape has been removed, yet the horror of what police say happened inside room 31 won't soon be forgotten.
A South Carolina mother is accused of suffocating her two small children in the room, then strapping them into their car seats and driving the vehicle to a boat ramp, letting it roll into a river.
"When we will see that room, we will just remember the children, how painful they must have been that night," motel owner Renuka Patel said. "How can she do that, to those children?"
Patel spoke outside the Orangeburg courtroom where 29-year-old Shaquan Duley made her first appearance before a judge Wednesday. Duley, who is unemployed, told authorities she smothered the boys after a fight with her own mother, who she said constantly badgered her about her failures as a parent and inability to financially provide for her family. She initially told investigators the boys drowned after her car plunged into a river early Monday morning but later admitted she staged the scene.
She has been remorseful, her attorney said.