After Erin Cassell notified police of the alleged physical and sexual abuse, Price's daughter got nervous and told them it hadn't happened, Holcomb said. Later, though, the girl returned to the Cassells' house and asked that they report her father, according to Holcomb, who said the girl was then placed in the custody of her grandparents.
"Three or four weeks ago [Price] came here and ran his mouth to Mikey about how he didn't want [his daughter] hanging here anymore," Holcomb said.
"He had threatened to kick Mikey's ass that day, but it just seemed like he was running his mouth."
However, Holcomb recalled a conversation with Price's daughter that made her nervous.
"She said something about [Price] would be going to jail soon for not paying child support and that he had told her before he went he was going to kill a bunch of people and himself.
"That's why I knew it was him when I heard the shots," she said.
Bullet holes dotted the walls and the ceiling inside the home. Most of the blood had been cleaned up, Holcomb said. The family sat in the living room trying to recover Monday evening.
"We want the story out. We want people to know he was a hero," she said. "He died trying to save his family and that little girl."
Many kids in the neighborhood would come to Cassell's house for a place to stay or for dinner, according to Holcomb. Cassell was a driver for C&H Taxi and has one biological son who is 14, along with several stepchildren. But, Holcomb said, "A lot of kids knew Mikey as their father."
"He would've done anything for anybody," said Kelly Chandler, who met Cassell when she was 15 and is the mother of his son. "Him and his dad were inseparable."
Price's wallet, which Holcomb said police left at the home, had been scooted to the side of the porch.
"I don't want it here," Holcomb said.
Cooper said at the press conference that although police had run-ins with Price before, he was legally allowed to own the semi-automatic handgun that police say he used.
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