Lookout Valley Homicides Still Under Investigation

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 4/22/2014 6:54 pm
CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-19 Year old Derek Morse and an unnamed 15 year old boy are facing three counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder but investigators are working round the clock to find other suspects.

"The investigation is still open  and ongoing and they are still following up on leads"

Janice Atkinson added that she understands people of Lookout Valley are upset and anxious but says deputies are doing all they can.

"You know sometimes because of TV you know they watch these cases and they all solved in an hour, these types of cases are not solved in an hour"

Clinical psychologist Dr Timothy Sisemore believes these shootings can make quiet rural communities think differently about themselves.

"Our own people  have turned on us, people from within a community  do this, so the betrayal is what's hard there"

He added that the breakdown of the family unit and cultural changes have left many young men angry, dead or behind bars.

"The change in culture where there are fewer values, that values have shifted from caring for one another and community values, to individualistic power values, i'm going to do it my way"

A Chattanooga State anthropology and criminal justice professor believes it is important for their to be justice served for the victims in cases like this, but thinks the death penalty or prison time isn't really going to help.

"There's definitely a social production of violence and that is something we are not going to solve by sending it to adult courts, we are going to solve it by front ending the problem by dealing with it on the front end"
 Dr McCamish added that there are no winners in homicide cases especially those involving juveniles whether they are suspects or victims.

The only surviving witness and victim from the trailer park shootings, a 16 year old is making a strong recovery. Family members ask for privacy at this time.

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