SAN SABA, Texas – UPDATE: The family of two of the victims of a deadly overnight attack in San Saba is heartbroken.
They gave the names of all of the victims, but since they are not related to all four people, FOX44 News is not releasing them right now.
We can say 62-year-old Ronnie Crim and 44-year-old Elizabeth Crim are among the victims who died, according to their family.
The third stabbing victim is a 13-year-old girl who was a 7th Grade student at San Saba Middle School.
A fourth person is currently in critical condition.
Mills County Sheriff Clint Hammonds says the suspect is 22-year-old Anthony Wayne Pierce. He is in the Mills County Jail on Felony Evading Arrest and Aggravated Assault by Public Servant charges.
“I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know why he did it. But I hope that he gets everything he deserves,” says Linda Valdez, sister of Elizabeth Crim.
Valdez can’t believe her sister Elizabeth and her husband Ronnie were stabbed to death, by Pierce, who she says is Ronnie’s nephew.
“He’s part of the family too, but he pretty much been kicked out of the whole family because he was nothing but trouble. Every time you turned around he was messing with little kids, being a pedophile, and I hope, this one right here, I hope he gets exactly what he deserves,” says Valdez.
The pair was killed around 4:30 a.m. Friday inside a home on the 700 block of South Buffton Avenue. The third victim was a 13-year-old student at San Saba Middle School.
“It’s a terrible loss. I’ve had to deal with my own grief this morning, because they are all my students. We’ve got approximately 775 students here, and when we lose any student for any reason, it’s horrible. But when they die in such a tragic way, an unnecessary way, it even compounds it more,” says San Saba ISD Superintendent Wayne Kelly.
Authorities say the 22-year-old suspect was caught around 30 minutes later.
“Local law enforcement located the suspect in the victim’s vehicle in the area and made an attempt to stop that individual, and at that time a pursuit ensued. The pursuit went into the city of Goldthwaite, approximately 20 miles from here north, and crashed in downtown Goldthwaite, and the suspect was taken into custody,” says Sgt. Bryan Washko, of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
San Saba ISD Superintendent Wayne Kelly tells FOX44 News and our sister station KXAN that he received word of the crime on South Bluffton Avenue early this morning, around 6:45 a.m.
Kelly says counselors will be at the school today to help students and staff grieve for the student who was killed.
Superintendent Kelly sent this note to parents Friday morning:
“Dear Parents and staff, I want to assure everyone that your students are safe and being at school and maintaining a routine is what our counselors have recommended. We have many counselors and pastors that will available for anyone who needs counseling. Your children are safe. The tragedy that took place this morning was off campus. The suspect was apprehended and there is no threat to any students. We visited with local law enforcement early this morning to confirm these details. Thank you for your support as we deal with this terrible event. We will keep you informed as law enforcement gives us more details.“Wayne Kelly
San Saba ISD Superintendent
The Texas Rangers are leading this investigation. The San Saba Independent School District will also have grief counselors available for students.
We will update this report as soon as possible.