"A time of unimaginable grief:" Family of Maryville boy releases statement

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The family of a Maryville boy killed in a murder-suicide has released a statement calling this "a time of unimaginable grief."

Clark Reagan / Source: Grandfather of Clark Reagan, David Talley

Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said a Maryville father and his 8-year-old son died after an apparent murder-suicide at 419 Savannah Village Drive on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Police identified the father as 38-year-old Jimmy Reagan and his 8-year-old son as Clark Reagan.

The boy's parents were separated at the time, according to Chief Crisp.

Clark Reagan's maternal grandfather, David Talley, shared a picture of Clark with WVLT News Monday night. He said, "He was my buddy. Our rubber farm boots sat side by side just outside the door. We loved to feed our horses and carry in firewood together. He was the best little helper you could imagine. I don't have to tell you how much I am going to miss my Clarkie."

Talley told WVLT News that Clark and his two cousins wanted to live in the same house and be famous comic book artists.

One day after Clark died, a family spokesperson said funeral arrangements were pending and that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to a school in Venezuela.

On June 12, the family released a statement via a spokesperson saying, "This is a time of unimaginable grief as we process the passing of our beloved Clark Riley Reagan."

"He was a beautiful and joyful boy, and our lives were so blessed by him. We are devastated and heartbroken, but we take comfort in knowing that he is with Jesus now. Our journey forward will begin with a celebration of life. We are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support our family has received from the community and beyond." The family's newest statement continued to ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the school in Venezuela and specify the donation is in the name of Clark Reagan.

Chief Crisp told WVLT News a home inspector arrived at the residence to complete an inspection for a pending sale Monday morning. When he arrived, the smoke alarm was sounding. Crisp said the inspector reported that he looked in the window and saw smoke, then called 911.

When firefighters arrived they reported a heavy odor of gasoline and said flames had breached the front door. According to Crisp, investigators discovered two males with gunshot wounds in a bed inside a bedroom.

One was a 38-year-old father and the other was his 8-year-old son, Crisp said. Both were transported to Blount Memorial where the father died. The 8-year-old was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where he also died.

Investigators called the deaths an apparent murder-suicide. Officials withheld the names of the victims while working to notify family members.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started.

Clark was a student and Jimmy was listed as a teacher at Foothills Elementary School.

A statement released by Maryville City Schools Monday evening said,

"As released by our police department earlier this afternoon, a Maryville father and son passed this morning in a terrible tragedy. Words cannot express our overwhelming sense of devastation and grief. We know the media will have many questions, so we are confirming that the two involved were, in fact, a teacher and student in the Maryville school district. Names will be released by the family in the hours and days ahead. Our hearts are also broken for our colleague, friend, and the loving mother of this young victim. Parents of children who attend Foothills Elementary who feel their student(s) would benefit from counseling services are invited to join us between 9 a.m. and noon, tomorrow (June 11), in the library at Montgomery Ridge Intermediate (835) Montgomery Lane, Maryville, TN).

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A father and son were found dead inside a Maryville home after an apparent murder-suicide. (WVLT)
Clark Reagan / Source: Grandfather of Clark Reagan, David Talley
Clark Reagan and his grandfather, David Talley / Source: David Talley