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Greene County Triple Murder Investigation Continues

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Investigators are searching for whoever shot and killed three people and left their bodies in the middle of a country road Tuesday morning. The Greene county sheriff says his investigators are very busy chasing down leads but there are still no arrests.

We're hearing for the first time what happened right before the murders. Boards cover a hole kicked through a Ford Avenue home's door during a home invasion and attempted robbery that investigators say started it all.

We spoke with one of the men who lives in the home, but he didn't want to go on camera. He says two men, with their faces covered, burst into the house early Tuesday morning.  They were armed with a shotgun and a pistol, demanding money. When he and his step dad said they didn't have cash one of the would-be robbers turned to the other and asked "what do you want me to do?", and then they ran out and drove off.

Investigators are still piecing together what happened from there and how three bodies, shot to death, ended up in the middle of Octonia Road a mile and a half away.

Albemarle County police found a bullet riddled, blood stained car ditched just off Rio Road near the Fashion Square Mall. A search warrant for it is sealed.

Major Randall Snead of the Greene County Sheriff's Office said, "The actions that led up to this incident appear to have happened in the suspect's vehicle - which is in our custody - and by persons known to the deceased."

The sheriff's office identifies the two male victims as 26-year-old Brian Lee Daniels and 25-year-old Dustin Tyler Knighton, both from Charlottesville. Both have arrest records and convictions in Albemarle. The third victim has been identified as 26-year-old Lisa Hwang of Charlottesville. 

Knighton's personal website shows off his artwork. The site says he learned to sketch while serving five years behind bars. A friend's Facebook post calls Knighton an "amazing friend and someone I could always count on being there for me".

Now investigators want to know why he was in Greene County and who killed him and two others. 

Police are still asking for tips, if you have any information, please call 434-985-2222.


Update:  The Greene County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a suspect in the home invasion on Ford Avenue. They are actively looking for Taybronne Altereik White, a 26-year-old African American male of Charlottesville. Click here to read the full press release.

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