NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY - A solemn day in northwest Houston as the community says goodbye to a family whose lives were cut tragically short. Hundreds of people poured into Fallbrook Church to honor Dwayne, Valerie, Nathaniel, Honesty, Dwayne Jr., Caleb, Trinity and Jonah.
They were all the victims of the unthinkable crime David Conley is accused of committing more than a week ago.
Dwayne's brother Eric says the crowd filling the church was a reminder of how many people are mourning along with his family.
Statement by HCSO Sheriff Ron Hickman:
“Our department grieves, along with the citizens of our community, the senseless loss of life on August the 8th at the home located on Falling Oaks Road in North Harris County. Such acts committed against any individual, and especially those against children, pierce the heart with sorrow. We pray for those that were taken that night, and for the family members and friends that are left to pick up the shattered pieces.
“As is standard in any type of significant event, we are taking steps to review, discuss and evaluate with our staff, our deputies and all those who played a role in responding to, and managing this event. We are dedicated to searching for adjustments or changes that may be able to prevent future incidents of this nature.
“As law enforcement officers we are bound by state and federal law to balance the fourth amendment right to freedom from unlawful search, and our sworn duty to protect the lives of our citizens. We feel our deputies acted with valor and courage on that day, and acted in earnest compliance with the law. As in any tragic incident there is always room for reflection, evaluation and improvement. To that end, we are conducting a review of the entire episode to ensure if there are changes necessary, or lessons to be learned that we are diligent in finding them. Again, our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost so many loves ones in this tragic incident.”
-Sheriff Ron Hickman, Harris County