San Saba community in disbelief following triple murder

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SAN SABA, Texas (KWTX) A triple murder in San Saba on Friday has neighbors in disbelief.

Daniela Valencia is recovering at a local hospital. (Family photo)

"I'd be turning back to God and saying, 'Hey God, why?'," said Karl Jones, a personal friend of two of the three victims that were murdered.

Relatives identified one of the victims as Ronnie Crim, beloved in the town by those who attended San Saba High School with him.

"Ronnie Crim's only been gone one day and I already miss him," Jones said. "We miss those that we love."

A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, always spoke fondly of him.

"They say he worked on refrigerators and lawn mowers and all that," he said.

Family members have also identified Crim's wife, Elizabeth, and a 13-year-old girl as the other victims murdered.

The fourth and surviving victim, whom family members have identified as 18-year-old Daniela Valencia, is now recovering in a local hospital. According to the family, she could be released within the following week.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Anthony Wayne Pierce, is still in the Mills County jail facing both an evading arrest charge and aggravated assault on a public servant.

According to Valencia's family, Pierce was dating Daniela and was Ronnie Crim's nephew.

While DPS and the Texas Rangers investigate, the Mills County Sheriff's Office says Pierce could be charged with multiple murder charges within the next several days.

Jones says that no matter what, the community will always have the backs of the families who are grieving.

"God loves us all," he said.

"So all they can do is turn to God and ask him for comfort in this time of need."