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KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
Friends of Mike and Cynthia McLelland say the couple was
kind and will be greatly missed.
The president of the Kaufman County Lion's Club says Mike
McLelland was an active member in the group. He says McLelland was a great
district attorney and a great person.
Mike McLelland's wife, Cynthia McLelland, was a part of the
Kaufman Quilt Guild.
Members of the group remember Cynthia as a caring woman and
Neighbors say the McLelland's have five children, two
daughters and three sons. They told me one of the sons is a police officer in
None of the family friends wanted to go on camera Sunday night
but members of the Quilt Guild released a statement.
"Cynthia was a true leader in our guild with a winning smile
and a big heart for sharing with everyone that she knew. She was a gifted woman
that had a true passion for her art and we will miss her dearly and feel her
Officials say they cannot state whether or not the murder of
Mike and Cynthia McLelland is linked to the murder of Assistant District
Attorney Mark Hasse.
However, just two months ago, McLelland promised to find
whoever killed Hasse. KLTV was there as he spoke passionately about bringing
Hasse's killer to justice.
"We're going to find you. We're going to pull you out of
whatever hole you're in and we're going to bring you back and let the people of
Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," said McLelland
back in January.
No arrests have been made in Hasse's killing.
The Mayor of Forney says he doesn't think the McLelland's
deaths are a coincidence. He says the community needs to watch out for one
"We need to solve this, but we also don't need to walk around in fear. We need
to be calm, we need to be supportive of the investigation that is taking place,
and that's the most assured chance we have of catching these guys," says Mayor
Darren Rozell of Forney.
Officials say security will be increased tomorrow at the
Kaufman County courthouse. They did not give any details about how or if other
prosecutors in McLelland's office will be protected.