Transcript for Family of slain South Carolina mother and son break silence
Right now an ABC news exclusive. The South Carolina son and mother who were gunned down. We'll hear from their family for the first time. Eva pilgrim is there with the story. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, robin. On the day of those murders Alec Murdaugh had taken his dying father back to the hospital. He went to check on his mother. His family tells us when he returned to his home he made that gruesome discovery. He's a very caring person. She was the rock of the family. Reporter: Members O. Murdaugh family speaking for the first time since Alec found his son Paul and wife Maggie shot to death outside their south Carolina home last week. I got a call from Alec Monday night. As soon as I answered the phone, I knew something was wrong. Oh, man. He just told me. He said come as fast as you can. Paul and Maggie have been hurt. His voice, the fear, he was just distraught. Reporter: No arrests have been made. No suspects named. The murdaughs issuing a plea for help this morning. The person who did this is out there. There's information, however big or however small it is. Did they have any enemies? I don't know of any enemies. You hear all this talk on social media with regard to Paul, but I don't know of anybody that would truly -- that would truly be an enemy or truly want to harm them. Reporter: Paul Murdaugh had been awaiting trial accused of being under the influence in 2019 while crashing a boat killing this young woman. He pleaded not guilty. Paul had been receiving threats from strangers, people they say they didn't know. Were they violent threats? I didn't think it was credible threats. If it it was, I would have notified someone maybe I made a mistake. Reporter: The murdaughs are one of the most prominent families in South Carolina. Part of the legal establishment going back a century. Three generations held the solicitor's job for years. They also own add prominent law firm. Some in the community questioning if the family used their connections to protect Paul the night of the boat crash. Do you think anyone in your family interfered in any way? No. Do you feel like some of the perception of your family has been wrong? Yes. You see words like dynasty used and power. I don't know exactly how people use those words, but we're just regular people. We're hurting just like they would be hurting if this had happened to them. Reporter: This morning this tight knit family holding on to each other. How's your brother doing? He's upright and strong, making his way and then he just breaks down. I mean, it's tough for us. It changes you as a family. I can't imagine the horror that's -- my brother is experiencing. Reporter: Now our team did see state law enforcement out near a swamp near the crime scene searching that area. They have set up a dedicated tip line just for this case through crime stoppers. T.J.? Eva thank you. We want to turn to a new
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