INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In the haze of agony, the Crane family wondered one thing: "Where is Michael?"
Michael Bell, 22, a man they considered "family," who once lived with the family in their Cumberland home, is one of two being suspects held in the shooting deaths of Kyleigh Crane, 7, and her uncle, Jeremy Crane, 21.
"We had wondered since day one: Where was Mike?" said Josh Crane, who lost his daughter and brother in the killing. "Mike was like family. Now it all makes sense."
The family said in the days that followed the murder they never heard from or saw Michael Bell once. They say he was Jeremy's best friend, and Kyleigh referred to him as "uncle."
Marion County prosecutors on Monday were seeking a 72-hour continuance that would allow them to continue holding the suspects while they collect more evidence.
Jeremy Priel, 25, is the second suspect.
The motive for the killings remains unknown. The only inkling is electronics stolen from the family home.
At the family home in Cumberland Monday afternoon, Liz Smith dropped off a teddy bear.
"It's just very, very sad," she said.
John Reed, who s pearheaded efforts to set up a fund to help the family , drove past the scene Monday in his work truck.
"I've been driving by here just about every day," he said.
Reed had a check for $1500 from the fund he set up for the family. It's money from the many that care.
"And they should," said Reid. "It's very upsetting."
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