ROANOKE COUNTY, VA. -- Two young men who grew up in St. Augustine were found shot to death in a triple homicide in Roanoke County, Virginia according to relatives.
A spokeswoman for Roanoke County said Brandon Dekle, 20, and Cole P. Kennedy, 21, along with Miranda Trump, 18, were found dead inside a home early Tuesday morning.
“The father of the female victim was concerned because he had not been able to contact his daughter and began searching for her. He located her vehicle on Honeysuckle Road in the Bent Mountain area of Roanoke County. The vehicle had been crashed and was down an embankment with no one around it. The father contacted the Police Department at that time to report the female as missing. Hours later, the investigation led police to the house in the 9200 block of Bent Mountain Road. When no one responded when police officers knocked at the door, officers entered the residence on a well-being check. When they did, the officers found the bodies of two males and the female. All three had been shot,” said Amy Whittaker, the Roanoke County public information officer.
Dekle’s mother told First Coast News her son had moved to Virginia several years ago and was found shot to death with his best friend, Cole, who was also originally from St. Augustine.
Police arrested Trevor Charles, 18, and charged him with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Charles was remanded into the custody of the Roanoke County/Salem Jail according to Whittaker.
Dekle’s aunt, Jessica Dekle, said she found out on social media that her nephew had been killed.
“Brandon was a very loving, accepting person and this world is less without him...He was a beautiful person and we will miss him more than words can describe,” said Jessica Dekle.
Police are still investigating a motive for the triple homicide.