Brother of murder suspect describes suspect and victim as lifelong best friends

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SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A man accused of fatally shooting another in Somerville on Monday afternoon is in custody, charged with murder.

Authorities say Bryan Crow fled the scene, but later turned himself in. He was arrested in connection to the death of Chad Lorance.

Bryan Crow’s brother spoke with WHNT NEWS 19 exclusively about the relationship between the suspect and the victim.

“It’s something hard to deal with,” said Nick Young, brother of Brian Crow.

Young came out to a wooded area in Somerville where Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies were searching for an alleged murder weapon Tuesday. They brought Bryan Crow with them to find the handgun.

Young is still in shock at what happened at the home on Broad Street.

“I talked to him before it happened and everything seemed fine,” Young said of talking with his brother, Bryan Crow.  “I was actually about to go over there and hang out with them.”

When Young got to the home on Broad Street where his brother was staying, it was swarming with emergency responders. Young couldn’t believe his brother was accused of shooting the man who’d always been his best friend.

“They’ve been best friends their whole life,” said Young. “Every time Bryan would talk about Chad or be with Chad, they would be on top of the world with each other.”

But he says something changed over the last month. They started arguing.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin has been working to determine the motive of the murder.

“It appears that it’s gonna just have been an unfortunate squabble and arguments that led to the shooting,” said Franklin.

She explained that Crow was convicted of felony robbery and shouldn’t have had a weapon. She’s waiting on toxicology reports from an autopsy on Chad Lorance to gain a complete understanding of why it happened.

“It’s out of character, like greatly out of character for Bryan to do something like this,” added Young.

The Mayor of Somerville, Darren Tucker, insists it is a safe, quiet little town. The population is about 800 people. The last violent death there was about a decade ago.