The heartbroken sister of a 25-year-old man who has been accused of murdering their parents, uncle, and four other people, has told DailyMail.com she believes he is responsible for the killings.
An emotional Crystal Cummins has revealed what little she knows about the shootings that have shattered her family and the small community of Westmoreland in in Tennessee.
The 22-year-old’s brother Michael Cummins was arrested on Saturday night after police found seven victims at two crime scenes in the small town.
‘I lost everyone and they won’t tell me anything,’ Crystal said of police who are working to unravel the details surrounding one of the deadliest crime spree’s in the state’s history.
Her voice was thick with anguish as she said: ‘It’s obvious that he had to have done it. He was the only person who was there who didn’t die besides my granny.’
David Cummins, 51, and Clara Cummins, 44, were among the seven victims allegedly murdered by their son Michael in Westmoreland, Tennessee
The alleged shooter’s uncle, Charlie Hosale, and a woman believed to be his partner, Rachel McGlothlin-Pee, were also killed during the violent rampage across two homes in Sumner County, police say. Hosale and McGlothlin-Pee are pictured together in a Facebook photo
Rachel McGlothlin-Pee’s 12-year-old daughter Sapphire (pictured) was also killed
Michael Cummins, 25, (above) was arrested shortly after the string of seven slayings
She added: ‘Truly in my heart I believe he had something to do with it.
‘I can’t imagine my brother doing that to his own family. He had to have.’
Crystal said she sensed something was wrong last week after she hadn’t heard from her parents, David Cummins, 51, and Clara Cummins, 44, for a couple days.
‘I called my mom on Thursday, no answer, called by granny, no answer, called my dad, no answer, called my uncle Charlie, no answer. I thought maybe they were sick so I stopped calling,’ she said.
When Saturday rolled around and they still weren’t answering, one of Clara’s sister’s went over to the house where they all lived on Charles Brown Road.
She forced open the locked door and discovered the first of six bodies that would eventually be found inside the house.
At a press conference Monday morning authorities identified the victims as Crystal’s parents, her uncle Charles Hosale, 45, his longtime girlfriend Rachel McGlothlin-Pee, 43, her 12-year-old daughter Sapphire and her mother Marsha Nuckols.
A seventh victim, Shirley Fehrle, 69, was killed at her home nearby on Luby Brown Road after Michael Cummins allegedly stole her car.
Crystal’s grandmother was found beaten within an inch of her life at the home and is currently in the hospital in critical condition.
‘I’m thankful that at least she made it,’ Crystal said.
Authorities identified the seven victims at a press conference Monday morning where Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch (left) described the slayings as ‘gruesome’ and ‘complex’
Sapphire who was among those killed is pictured above in an older photo shared to Facebook
Crystal said her older brother had been ‘acting crazy since he got out of jail back in January, so I kind of steered clear of him lately.’
‘My mom was trying to take him to a mental place but he didn’t want to go and he wouldn’t take his medication,’ she said, noting that Michael was diagnosed with bipolar disorder ‘and something else’ as a child.
She explained: ‘My mom and my dad and my uncle helped him out so many times. He got everything he needed and wanted from them.’
Crystal said the last time she saw her brother was about a week ago and that he was ‘going up and down the road taking his shirt off and talking to himself, screaming out’.
Michael has a seven-year-old daughter whose mother hasn’t allowed him to have contact for the last year, Crystal said.
‘His little girl… she don’t understand,’ she added. ‘I have to be strong for my son. I can’t tell him what happened and I don’t know what happened.
‘He’s been asking to go over there [to the grandmother’s house] but I can’t bring him there. He loved to play with all of them.
‘I want to know what happened but I also don’t know if I could handle it.’
Cummins is currently on probation for setting his neighbor’s house on fire in September 2017, according to Sumner County court records. The suspect is seen above in Facebook photos
Authorities identified the seven victims at a press conference Monday morning where Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley called the it one of ‘the most horrific cases’ he has ever investigated.
Police have not revealed how each of the victims were killed but local media reports indicated that they were all shot as Cummins was armed at the time of his arrest.
Authorities say he was seen wearing a bloodstained shirt and told acquaintances he was saving a bullet for himself, according to an affidavit filed with a warrant for his arrest.
No motive in the attack has been reported, though the suspect has a long, court-documented history of mental health issues.
WROC-TV reported that he has a lengthy criminal background in Sumner County with signs of escalating violence.
He was first arrested in December 2012 for violation of an order of protection and simple possession of drugs. He was released about a month later on time served.
In August 2013, he was arrested again for domestic assault and sentenced to 150 days in jail.
A few years later, in 2017, Cummins was arrested in Sumner County three more times.
In February 2017, he was charged with theft under $1,000 and evading arrest. Police records indicate he posted bond.
Later in June, he served nearly two months in jail for robbery, domestic assault and violation of probation for the theft charge.
After his release from jail in 2017, he set fire his neighbor’s house, according to documents filed in Sumner County Criminal Court.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but placed on 10 years of probation last summer by a Sumner County judge after he pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson and aggravated assault in the attack at a home in the 1100 block of Charles Brown Road.
At the time of his arrest Cummins allegedly told police: ‘If I get out of jail, I’ll go there and do it again. When I get out, I’ll finish the job.’
This weekend’s gruesome string of slayings was uncovered after officers responded to a 911 call from a family member and found four people deceased and one critically injured at the Charles Brown Road home.
Fehrle’s body was found a short time later at her home and investigators indicated that she had been carjacked.
Authorities in rural Tennessee captured Cummins during a manhunt that was prompted by the discovery of several bodies in two homes
The seven victims were killed in two locations and Cummins was arrested on Saturday
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Sunday that two more bodies were found at the Charles Brown Road home.
Cummins was captured after an hourslong manhunt after police found him cowering in a muddy creek about a mile from where one of the shootings occurred.
DeVine said at least one officer shot Cummins when he emerged from the woods.
He is believed to have produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated. He was then taken to a hospital for treatment for what are believed to be injuries that are not life threatening, DeVine said.
A family member set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses for David and Clara Cummins and shared pictures of the some of the victims.
TBI agents and forensics are continuing to work to piece together relevant evidence into the murders that took place and are interviewing family members and neighbors who knew Cummins.
The home on Charles Brown Road where six of the seven bodies were discovered is seen above
Neighbors told local news outlets that Cummins (pictured) was well-known in the community and said they were not surprised by the allegations against him