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Suspect's Friend: Murder 'Out of Character'

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SALISBURY, Md.- With murder suspect Myles David Lyons now in custody, WBOC is learning more about the Salisbury man accused in an early Tuesday triple shooting that left a woman dead and her two teenaged daughters in critical condition.

Lyons, 19, of Salisbury, is a 2011 graduate of Wicomico High School who played on its football and basketball teams. People we spoke with said he was popular and well-liked. Those who knew Lyons say his suspect involvement in a homicide is totally out of character.

"He was an athlete," said high school friend Michael Ryder. "Really good at ball, he was supposed to go play ball for college. He was always funny, the class clown. I never knew him as somebody that could murder someone."

On his personal Facebook page, Lyons wrote he was the father of a little boy who died about a year ago. Ryder thinks that loss may have sent Lyons over the edge.

"He lost his son not too long ago. He lost his son and he lost his dad," Ryder explained. "He would always say he wants to be with his son and his dad, so I don't know if this is his stunt to get there, or if he just let all that anger build up until he just let it out."

Ryder said he is still in shock and feels for everyone involved.

"I want to say for him to keep his head up, but then again, I don't want to say that because she lost her mom and is going through what she's going through with her child and what she's dealing with."

With Lyons now behind bars, friends like Ryder are mourning the loss of life that happened early Tuesday morning, as well as the future that might have been.

"I feel that that's where he needs to be but then again, I don't feel that that's where he needs to be," Ryder said. "He should be in the NBA somewhere playing ball."

Myles is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in connection with Tuesday's incident that occurred at around 3:30 a.m. at a home on Jersey Road just northwest of Salisbury. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a 39-year-old woman and her two teenaged daughters who had been shot.

The mother was identified as 39-year-old Lakisha Jackson, who suffered a gunshot wound to the face and in the chest and also had a stab wound to the chest. She was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

One of Jackson's daughters, who was not identified due to her age, sustained a gunshot wound to her chest and a stab wound to her face.

Jackson's other daughter, 19-year-old Tyisha Jackson, suffered from two gunshot wounds to the back. Both Tyisha Jackson and her sister were taken to PRMC, where they are listed in critical condition.

Investigators said one of the injured teens was Lyons' girlfriend and 8-months pregnant with his child.

Police said Lyons fled from the crime scene in a car, which was found later Tuesday morning in Cambridge. By early afternoon, officers located Lyons inside a Cambridge home and took him into custody. 

According to police, the crime is believed to have been domestic-related.

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