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UPDATE: Vigil Held for Murder Victim in Charleston

By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/18/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family and friends gathered Monday night in a candlelight vigil to remember a murder victim who died protecting his family and a young girl.

Michael Cassell's loved ones lit candles and said prayers outside his home along Red Oak Street. Cassell was killed Feb. 10 inside that home.

Police say Patrick Price broke in, killed Cassell and then shot himself -- all out of revenge.

Police say Cassell was protecting a young girl who Price allegedly had abused.

Cassell's family says he died a hero. He leaves behind a wife and a daughter.



UPDATE 2/17/13 @ 11 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A vigil will be held for a man who was killed in what detectives say was an act of revenge.

A candlelight vigil for Michael Cassell will take place at 7 p.m. Monday on Red Oak Street on Charleston's west side.

Cassell was shot several times inside his home on February 10.

Charleston Police say Patrick Price broke in and shot Cassell to death. Price then committed suicide.

Police say Price was upset with Cassell for contacting Child Protective Services about allegations of sexual abuse involving a young girl.

Detectives say an open investigation was underway into Price and those claims when the murder happened.

Cassell's family told WSAZ.com he was trying to protect the teenager from Price. That teenager was a family friend. Erin Cassell says her husband died for trying to protect the young girl.

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UPDATE 2/12/13 @ 7:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have released the motive and new details about what led to a murder-suicide on Charleston's West Side.

Police say Patrick Price shot and killed Michael Cassell at a house along Red Oak Street on Sunday night.

Detectives say the murder was all in retaliation.

Police say Price was upset that Cassell had contacted Child Protective Services about allegations of sexual abuse.

Detectives say an open investigation was underway into Price and those claims when the murder happened.

"Unfortunately, you have to prove the case in court and we were not at that point," Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said. "It's unfortunate that Mr. Price did what he did, and it shows that he was a very malicious person, and it shows that he was a very dangerous person. "

Cooper said the investigation into those sexual abuse claims against Price is still open.

Another person is also under investigation in that case.

Cassell's family told WSAZ.com he was trying to protect the teenager from Price. That teenager was a family friend. Erin Cassell says Michael died for that protection.

"My husband died a hero because he saved this little girl's life, and he saved our lives," Erin Cassell said. "And now we're praying and hoping we get the little girl and we get to have her here with us, so we know she's safe and my husband did not die in vain."

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UPDATE 2/11/13 @ 7 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The wife of a man murdered says her husband died a hero.

Michael Cassell was shot several times and killed in a home invasion style murder-suicide. Police say Patrick Price pulled the trigger after barging into Cassell's home along Red Oak Street Sunday night.

Detectives say Price targeted Cassell, but a motive has not been released yet.

"We believe we have it pinpointed," Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said. "We still have some things to piece together."

The victim's family tells WSAZ.com Cassell was in his home along with his wife, 11-year-old daughter and sister-in-law.

"We heard a bunch of gun fires," Cassell said. "I turned around and looked, and I saw my husband and Mr. Price on the floor, and I grabbed my baby and I ran."

Michael Cassell's wife, Erin Cassell, says her husband was trying to protect a teenage girl who was being sexually abused by Price. That teenager was a family friend. Erin Cassell says Michael died for that protection.

"My husband died a hero because he saved this little girl's life, and he saved our lives," Erin Cassell said. "And now we're praying and hoping we get the little girl and we get to have her here with us, so we know she's safe and my husband did not die in vain."

WSAZ.com was there when, for the first time since the shooting, the family walked back inside the home.

Permanent scars are left on the hearts and minds of a family knowing their loved one, the victim, was trying to save another victim from harm.

WSAZ.com did some digging and found the suspect Price does have a criminal past. Police say he is well known to them. He's been arrested for several charges including malicious wounding, breaking and entering, and assault. At least one of those charges was dismissed because the case wasn't presented to the grand jury.

The victim's family hopes to care for that young teenage girl, who they say was abused. Michael Cassell leaves behind several children.

"He always had something funny to say to everybody," Cassell's father-in-law Ray Holcomb said.

"I'm proud of my brother, that's my brother, and he's a hero," Andrea Holcomb said. "If he hadn't been there, he would have been dead."

Police are investigating and expect to release more information in the coming days. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 2/11/13 @ 10:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New details are being released about a murder-suicide on Charleston's West Side.

Police tell WSAZ.com Patrick "Pat" Michael Price barged into Michael Cassell's house on Red Oak Street just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Detectives say Price then shot and killed Cassell before turning the gun on himself.

A woman and an 11-year-old girl where also in the house at the time of the shooting and called 911 for help. They were not hurt.

Investigators are still trying to piece together a motive.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com that Price is known to police and has been arrested several times on charges ranging from breaking and entering to malicious wounding and assault. According to court records, at least one of the charges was dismissed during the court process.

Details of these arrests were not immediately available.

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UPDATE 2/11/13 @ 8 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are expected to release more information this morning about a possible murder-suicide along Red Oak Street.

Investigators tell WSAZ.com the shooting happened in the 900 block of Red Oak Street just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police say when they arrived they discovered two men shot dead.

Investigators spent several hours gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses late Sunday night, according to detectives.

A news conference is planned for Monday morning at 9:30 to discuss the investigation.

We will have a crew at the news conference. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE: 2/10/13 @ 11:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Detectives are on the scene of a shooting and investigating a possible murder-suicide.

Investigators tell WSAZ.com the shooting happened in the 900 block of Red Oak Street just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police say when they arrived they discovered two men shot dead.

Evidence is still being collected on the scene and witnesses are being interviewed, according to detectives.

A news conference is planned for Monday morning at 9:30 to discuss the investigation.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people are dead following a shooting in Charleston.

Charleston police tell WSAZ.com it happened on Red Oak Street just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday..

WSAZ.com has a crew on the scene.

We will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.

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