- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DORR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A woman and her two children were shot before their mobile home was destroyed by fire in western Michigan, family members said Wednesday.

A 32-year-old man who lived at the home in Dorr Township, southwest of Grand Rapids, was being held by the Allegan County sheriff’s office. He was arrested 65 miles away in Eaton County.

The victims discovered Tuesday were identified as Debra Sheppard, daughter Emma McComber and son Corey LaValley Jr.

“If it was just a fire that took her life, that would be hard enough,” Emma’s father, William McComber of Lowell, told The Grand Rapids Press. “To think that somebody actually shot my daughter and then burnt them - it’s unimaginable.”

He said he last saw 12-year-old Emma in November.

“Her Christmas presents are still sitting here next to the couch. I didn’t get to give them to her,” McComber said.

Schools in the region volunteered to send counselors to the Hopkins district, where Corey was in fifth grade and Emma was a sixth-grader, said Superintendent Gary Wood.

Sheppard’s mother, Edine Bronold, was stunned by the news.

“Debra tried very hard to make a family and make a home for her children. … She loved her kids very much,” Bronold said.

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