Relative of murdered Lehigh Acres mother, son opens up
CAPE CORAL - A family member is speaking out for the first time about a tragic double murder in Lehigh Acres that took the life of his half-brother and step-mom.
"Our families lives will never be the same," said Brad Haley. "We'll never get to talk to them, see them again."
Flipping through old photos, Haley wiped away tears a little over a week after his step-mom Amy Lorah and his half-brother, William "Dalton" Haley, 16, were senselessly murdered.
"Our life has changed forever," said Haley. "That gap will never be filled."
Investigators say Clayton Combs, 17, and Justin Wirth, 16, drove to their Lehigh Acres home on April 8 where Wirth allegedly shot and killed Dalton, a shy, polite teenager.
Authorities say Wirth then went into Lorah's bedroom and shot her. She tried to crawl to the kitchen where she was shot again.
The pair made off with $370, according to authorities.
"This is like a movie," said Haley. "This is something that doesn't happen to someone you know much less your own family members. This is something that they make up. It doesn't seem real."
Haley says Dalton and the accused shooter were friends. He says Wirth reportedly lived with them for almost a year.
"To find out it was one of my brother's friends and someone who had lived there under their roof who she had taken care of," said Haley, "it makes me sick to my stomach."
But what made him even more sick is what he says Wirth did the next day.
"One of my brother's good friends I spoke to today actually shook Justin [Wirth]'s hand," said Haley, "[and he] was wearing a shirt that said 'RIP Dalton' on it."
He believes the suspects also sent flowers to the funeral with a note reading: "Love Ya Ma, Justin." The flowers were removed from the service.
Haley says Lorah let kids stay at her house and some called her "Ma."
The tragic killings now leave behind more questions than answers and a hope for justice.
"It's a hole in our hearts that we'll never be able to fill," he said. "They're in a better place and [we] have faith that one day we will see them again."
Haley says he wants the suspects to be tried as adults. He says if they are found guilty he wants them to "rot in jail," saying the death penalty would be the "easy way out."