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Police ID three victims in triple homicide

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Police identified two of three bodies found in the middle of the road in Greene County, Va., Tuesday. 

Dustin Tyler Knighton, 25, and Brian Lee Daniels, 26, both from Charlottesville. The third was Lisa Hwang, 26, of Charlottesville.

The three were found dead lying in a roadway in Stanardsville, just north of Charlottesville, Tuesday morning. The victims all suffered from gunshot wounds. Greene and Albermarle police are investigating this triple homicide.

In neighboring Albemarle County, police there say a vehicle was abandoned that matched the description of a car used in the home invasion. This is likely where the shooting took place. It's being called a "suspect vehicle." Police said they found evidence inside without giving specifics.

The bodies were discovered at about 3 a.m. near South River and Octonia roads. Police used laser scanning equipment Tuesday afternoon to map the area.

Major Randall Snead said the triple homicide is likely connected to a home invasion that occurred before 3am.

State police and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department are investigating. "The people that were victims there knew their assailant," Snead said.

Just before the bodies were found, a 911 call sent Greene County sheriff's deputies to a home invasion. A few minutes later and two miles away, the bodies were found. Authorities say there is a connection.

“At this time, we feel this was an isolated incident amongst parties that knew each other,” said Maj. Snead of the Greene County sheriff’s office.
Snead said the nature of the crime is under investigation but that he believes the "general public is not in danger". Still, people in the neighborhood are shaken by the discovery. “It's scary that you're living this close to somebody who would actually kill three people,” said Sky Dussault, a neighbor.

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