Three members of one family have been found dead at a burnt home in Rains County and local high school students are being accused in their deaths. The three bodies were found at a home about halfway between Alba and Emory off of Highway 69.
As the sun began to set on the Rains County Road, investigators were still sifting through rubble. It's all that's left of a two-story home, belonging to the Caffey family.
"It's a scary scene, I mean you just you don't want to imagine, I guess you imagine the worst and hope for the best," says Rains County Sheriff David Traylor. Called out to the home around 4:00 a.m. Saturday for an apparent gunshot victim and house fire, they also found:
"Three victims have been found in the residence, a burned residence," said Traylor. "The victims have been burned, and they have been sent to Swift's for autopsies." Those victims have been identified as Penny Caffey, 39, and her two sons, an eight-year-old and 13-year-old. The father, Terry Caffey, was shot, but made it out of the burning house alive. Bleeding, he crawled to a neighbor's home for help.
Right now, it's unknown if the three victims died from the fire, or gunshot wounds.
"At this time we do not know, the bodies have been so badly burned," said Traylor. The Rains County Sheriff's Office is releasing little details, but we do know four suspects have been arrested, two boys and two girls. All have been charged with three counts of capital murder.
"I just can't believe something like this would happen in a small town," said Emory resident Joyce Bell. "It's really sad." The alleged murder investigation is the talk of the town. We spoke with several people at "Ya'll Come Back Cafe," who say they knew the two boys who've been arrested in connection to the killings.
"They partied sometimes, but they were never bad kids to me, I mean shocked me hearing about it because they're not like that, especially towards me," said one friend, who hung out with them all the time, even talked to them Friday night.
"I don't understand how they just changed in an instance, I don't understand," said the friend. "I think there's something that influenced them because they're not that type of person."
"I just can't believe it," said Emory High School student Montrel Christian. "You just wouldn't think anything like that would happen to him." KLTV 7 is starting to learn more about the victims. The mother, Penny Caffey, was an employee of Meals On Wheels. She worked as a substitute driver, delivering meals to members of the Emory community. The father, Terry and the young children were all very involved in their church. They were sang and played instruments for the church band. Everyone in Emory is horrified to hear of their deaths, especially those who knew the family.
"I just love them to death," said family friend Carl Johnson. "It was just like losing one of my kids when I found out about it, Erin, Bubba, Tyler, I knew everyone of them since they were just kids." Right now, investigators are left figuring out how the family died, piecing together a puzzle out of ashes.
Investigators tells us there were five members of the Caffey family, including a 16-year-old daughter. They say she is alive, and was not shot, but they will not tell us where she is and if she was, in any way, involved.
KLTV 7 is starting to learn more about the victims. The mother, Penny Caffey, was an employee of Meals On Wheels. She worked as a substitute driver, delivering meals to members of the Emory community. The father and young children were all very involved in their church. They were sang and played instruments for the church band.