A North Carolina woman was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of her father, and their grieving family is searching for answers.
Police in Greensboro responded to a residence at 2:25 a.m. on July 4 and found Michael Allen Lea, 61, suffering a gunshot wound.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
The following day, on July 5, authorities served the victim’s 22-year-old daughter, Mikayla Nicole Lea, with a warrant and charged her with the first-degree murder of her father.
She is being held without bond in the Guilford County Detention Center.
Police have not released further details about the ongoing investigation.
“My mom has taken the loss both ways. We've lost my sister to the system, and then we lost her father as well, so our family is kind of stuck behind a rock and a hard place,” said the suspect’s brother, Micah Galloway, following a July 6 hearing, WFMY reported. "We have mixed emotions."
Family said they are unclear what could have led up to the deadly incident and hope someone will come forward with answers.
“We do have to face the reality about the situation that our sister did commit a crime, but there has to be a reason for it, I am almost positive it's justifiable, the reason that she had to kill the person that she loved the most, and out of everybody she loved her daddy,” the accused shooter’s brother said.
Kushana Galloway noted her sister “adored her father, and she protected him in so many ways.”
“Anybody that knows Mikayla and knows her well knows that this is not like our sister,” she said. “You can remain anonymous, we won't say anything, we just want to know the truth of what really happened that night.”
She added: “That's not our sister, that's not, and if it is something, we want all things to be covered, whether that's a psychological examination, whether that's counseling, because some small stories did come out in regards to things that could have led to that, and cause her harm and her father may not have been protecting her."