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Neighbors on Rio Mills Rd. Remain Shocked, Confused

Posted: Updated: Dec 27, 2012 04:20 PM EST

As police investigate Wednesday's standoff, neighbors along Rio Mills Road are devastated in the wake of the shooting. All say they never expected such a tragedy to occur on their quiet country road.

Up and down Rio Mills Road Thursday, there are feelings of shock and confusion.  As neighbors wait for an explanation that may never come, they will turn to each other for support.

"We're all concerned, our phones have been ringing off the hook, neighbors calling neighbors," says Connie Eppard, a neighbor.

Eppard is still in shock, reflecting on what took place just steps from her front door. "I think everybody at this point is really unsettled. We're all just in shock at what's happened," she said.

Many neighbors, including Eppard, were away from home when the events of Wednesday afternoon unfolded. "No one told us what happened, they just told us 'get back, leave, get back,' " said Eppard.

Henry Garrison, another neighbor, has lived just up the road for the past 80 of his 82 years. "Nothing like this has ever happened here," he said.

Garrison remembers the Marshall family, and James "Sonny" Marshall, the man shot and killed Wednesday.  "They were all good people," he said.

Eppard also remembers her neighbor. She recalls finding Marshall's dog wandering her property. "We sat on our front porch for over an hour, we had a long chat. Very nice fellow," she said.  

However, once fond memories are now marred with tragedy. "It was just shocking, not knowing what was going on in our neighborhood. And then to find out how tragic it was. It's devastating."

Neighbors pledge to band together.

"We'll come together, and we'll certainly be there for sonny's wife," said Eppard.  "It'll be difficult for a couple of days."

NBC29 also spoke with a member of the Marshall family Thursday morning. He would not go on camera but has his own questions and concerns in the wake of this tragedy. These are questions only police and the medical examiner will be able to answer as investigations move forward.

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