Neighbors react to triple murder

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, February 10, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- Neighbors who live on Bennock Mill Road in Augusta said they are still shocked about Saturday's triple murder. News 12 spoke to one man who remembers 18-year-old Allyson Pederson walking down the street and always stopping to say hello.

It was a crime spree that left three family members dead, and neighbors asking why?

"Shocked. Didn't really believe it at first. But, truthfully that's what goes on now a days," Alan Hand said.

It began at the Bennock Mill Road home of Andrew and Sharon Hartley. Richmond County Investigators said they were stabbed to death in their bedroom. Investigators said Sharon's daughter, 18-year-old Allyson Pederson was found burned off of Lock and Dam Road, near the boat ramp. They said she was five months pregnant.

"I didn't really know her mother and father. I knew her. Sweet little girl, young, had her whole life ahead of her. Just by coming up and down the street. Her boyfriend I knew. Just a tragedy," Hand said.

Hand said he considered Allyson a neighborhood friend and would talk to her on a regular basis.

"Always smiling when I seen her. Loud, funny, always laughing. You know always going somewhere. Never down. That's why it's just so surprising," Hand said.

Hand said he also knew the man charged in the killings. He attended Hephzibah High School with suspect Adrian Hargrove.

"He didn't seem that type of person that he would murder somebody. But, surprising to me. Never seemed like that type of person, but looks are deceiving," Hand said.

Hand said he doesn't understand how anyone could murder a young pregnant girl.

"I feel sorry for her. Feel sorry for her family, especially the little baby," Hand said.


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