Grieving family speaks out after charges filed in Kingsport murder

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)– A Kingsport family is grieving after police say their loved one was murdered.

A picture, handwritten letter, and ID card are the only few tangible reminders of Christopher West in the Reese’s home in Kingsport.

Robert Reese is Christopher West’s brother-in-law. He said he and his wife knew something was wrong when West did not return their phone calls or Facebook messages.

“He always made contact with us,” said Reese. “Always.”

Kingsport Police said there investigations revealed Timothy McEachern, 44, Krystal Lane, 25, and Amanda Joy LaForce, 28 lured West to an apartment complex on Christmas Day. At the apartment, West was restrained and killed.

The trio allegedly took West’s body to Greene County where they tried to destroy evidence by burning the body.

“When police told us it was Chris in Greene county…to be quite honest it seemed surreal,” said Reese. “It seemed like it couldn’t really be him.”

Mceachern, Lane, and  LaForce were all charged with first degree murder and abuse of a corpse in connection to his death.

Police have not revealed a motive, and family members said they had never heard of the trio until this week.

“To be honest I feel like these people took my wife away from me too, because she’s not the same anymore,” said Reese. “They took my sons, my daughter, my nephew. Nobody is the same.”

The Kingsport Police Department reported three suspects are currently behind bars in connection to the murder plot.

The family is now waiting for a trial, and hopes that justice is served.

“I want to look them in the eye,” said Reese. “I want to hear what their reason is to take someone’s life, to think that they were God.”

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