THE family of Paul Murdaugh has claimed he was receiving threats from strangers before he and his mother were shot dead in a potentially targeted attack last week.
The 22-year-old and his mother Maggie, 52, were found dead with “multiple gunshot wounds” outside the family’s South Carolina hunting lodge on June 7.
His death came just days after a hearing on a wrongful death civil suit filed against him following the death of a friend in a boating accident two years ago.
The family of 19-year-old Mallory Beach filed the suit against Paul after he allegedly crashed his father’s boat “full throttle” into a bridge in March 2019 while intoxicated following a fight with friends.
Beach and the five other passengers were hurled from the boat and her body was only found a week later.
Paul, a student at the University of South Carolina, was also awaiting a court date on three felony charges of boating under the influence for the fatal crash.
His uncles revealed in an interview on Thursday that Paul received a series of threats in the lead-up to the double slaying.
Yet they claimed that while the threats were "bothersome," they did not believe them to be “credible.”
The family also said that the threats were coming from people they did not know.
“I didn’t think it was a credible threat — if it was, I would have tried to do something or notify someone,” John Marvin Murdaugh told Good Morning America.
“But I guess … maybe I made a mistake,” he added while becoming upset.
Despite the threats made against him and the charges over Beach's death, his uncle Randy also said that he did not believe Paul had a true "enemy."
"I don't know of anybody that would truly be an enemy or truly want to hurt them," he told ABC.
Randy called his nephew a "people person" who would "help anyone."
He also described their sister-in-law Maggie as the "rock of their family" as they said that husband Alex "truely doted on her."
Randy and John described the night of June 7 when they received a horrifying call from their brother Alex after he came across the bodies of his wife and son.
They claimed that Alex had been driving their ill father, who also died three days after the murder, back to the hospital before visiting his mother.
Alex reportedly called 911 at around 10pm once he returned home.
His brothers denied he could have been involved in the deaths as they said he just "wants this solved."
"My brother loved Maggie and loved Paul like nothing else on this earth, just like he loves Buster," Randy said during the ABC interview.
"So there's no possible way he could have anything to do with this, I can assure you."
"I can tell you he was willing and still is willing to do anything that's asked of him," John added.
The family issued a plea for help in tracking down the killers with no motive or suspect yet identified by authorities.
"It's just hard to imagine somebody can be so sick as to do this, intentionally kill people like that," Randy told ABC.
"I mean, we see it in the world. We see it on the news. But you don't think it's going to happen in your small community, to your family."
Officials have not said if they believe the murders to be linked to Beach’s death.
However, they are investigating whether Paul was the prime suspect of the attack instead of his mother.
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