A family in Lawrence County mourns the loss of a loved one who was found murdered on Christmas Eve.
According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Gavin Ryan Hargrove was shot dead by 21-year-old Timothy Dakota McCary.
Hargrove was found dead inside McCary’s home in the 6900 block of Lawrence County Road 217, Deputy Chief Brian Covington said.
McCary is now in Lawrence County Jail charged with capital murder for Hargrove’s death.
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“I can’t even look forward to Christmas, because someone took it,” said Gavin Hargrove’s sister Gabbie Hargrove.
Now she says she is going to do whatever she can to make sure her brother is never forgotten.
“We are angry,” she said. “I mean, he had a great life ahead of him.”
Gabbie Hargrove said her brother stopped by McCary’s home the day he was killed. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said it was not clear what led to the fatal shooting at this time.
“He was always there for everyone he loved or for anyone who was there for him,” said Gavin Hargrove’s cousin Katelyn Morrow. “He was definitely always there for them.”
He was known to help others, according to his family, often giving a helping hand to a child in need.
This is something his father, Joey Hargrove, would do too. Elder Hargrove was a longtime County Commissioner who served the community for years before being killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.
“Gavin never got over it,” Gabbie Hargrove said. “He was really, really confused by this.”
She said she found some comfort in knowing that her brother was at peace.
“She mustn’t miss my dad anymore,” she said. “He will no longer go through his struggles.”
The family is struggling to cope after losing two loved ones in less than a year. They said they hope people carry on Gavin Hargrove’s legacy of kindness and generosity.
“I hope people can learn from Gavin, even when people don’t deserve your kindness, to still give it,” Gabbie Hargrove said.
No funeral arrangements have been announced for the moment.