Sister of accused Farmville killer speaks out

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -  The sister of the young man accused in a quadruple murder in Farmville is speaking out.  Sarah McCrosky says she's shocked by the accusations against her little brother.

20 year old Richard McCroskey is charged with first degree murder in the death of Pastor Mark Niederbrock as well as robbery and grand larceny.

His older sister is shedding light on the brother she knows.

21 year old Sarah McCroskey is at home in California but wishes she could be here to support her younger brother.

McCroskey does not believe her brother could commit such a horrendous crime.

"It's just been really hard for every single person involved not just from our side but everyone who knows my brother everyone who knew Emma and Melanie and everything you know," said Sarah McCroskey during a phone interview Tuesday night.

McCroskey says the last time she spoke to her younger brother was September 5th, the day before he took off on a hugely anticipated trip.

McCroskey says Richard was going to a music festival and to visit his girlfriend of just a few months, Emma Niederbrock.

"He was saving up money for months to go out there he was really excited," says McCroskey.

Then came the horrifying news.

Emma, her mother, Longwood Professor Debra Kelley and father Pastor Mark Niederbrock and Emma's friend, Melanie Wells had been bludgeoned to death in Kelley's Farmville home.

Sarah McCroskey says her brother has never been in trouble with the law before.

She describes him as a sweet, caring and loving person and someone who didn't like confrontation.

"He has been put in the most disturbing and messed up situation that he's covering up for somebody," said McCroskey.

Sarah says she right now she feels helpless.

"I want to hear his voice I am so concerned so worried not just for him other people other families involved dealing with this loss," said McCroskey.

Sarah says before her brother left for Virginia, he told her he wanted to join the army.

McCroskey says her family is going through difficult financial times but plans to make a trip to Virginia to visit with Richard as soon as they can.

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