While the sole suspect in this incident, Marvin McClore, is dead, detectives must continue to thoroughly investigate this incident as if they were preparing for trial. The investigation does not arbitrarily cease with the death of the offender.
The Kingsport Police Department has maintained from the beginning that this was not a random act of violence and that the suspect was known to the victims' family prior to the shooting. It appears that the suspect initially became acquainted with one of the victims' family members through the workplace.
Other family members resided at the apartment with Dylan; however, only he and Amber, who was visiting from out of town, were home at the time of the incident. There was no sign of forced entry, so it is unknown at this time whether the door to the apartment was unlocked or whether Mr. McClore was let into the apartment by one of the victims.
While a very complicated situation, it appears that Mr. McClore had developed animosity toward another member of the victims' household, but carried out his anger on Dylan and Amber. Dylan and Amber appear to be completely innocent and played no role whatsoever in the events that led up to this tragic event.
Releasing further information, particularly concerning Mr. McClore's motive or how he was developed as a suspect, would serve no purpose other than to hamper an ongoing homicide investigation and further victimize a family that has already been devastated with grief.
Here is a statement from Amber Purifoy's family, thanking everyone for their support-
I would like to thank everybody for their love, prayers, and support.
It has truly been amazing to see all the love and support for Amber Purifoy. It has meant a great deal to Lisa and I. [sic]
Amber is still in critical, but stable condition. They keep telling us with these types of injuries to the brain it takes time.
We will issue updates as they happen. Again thank you for your support, and please continue to pray!!!
Daniel and Lisa Griffin
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