Tom Melling Shares His Perspective On Death of Brother And Niece in Burwell
Last Tuesday, the bodies of 31-year-old Burwell resident Christopher Melling and his 2-year-old daughter, Aimee, were discovered by local authorities inside their home at 624 E Street. The original press release from Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall sent out at 9:45 a.m. On Jan. 8 stated that law enforcement broke out a window to enter the house to conduct a welfare check and found the bodies alongside a single firearm. A second press release, issued at 1:45 p.m. On Jan. 10 revealed that the two deaths were ruled a homicide and a suicide committed with a shotgun sometime between Saturday Jan. 4 and Tuesday Jan. 7. Christopher Melling's older brother, Tom, read the second press release in its official form for the first time at an interview with The Quiz conducted Monday afternoon.
"I'm not certain why they are unable to determine an exact date," Melling said as he read the document. "The time, maybe, but an exact date is kind of 'detective 101' stuff to determine a day of death."
Tom Melling's statement as he read the press release comes of no surprise to anyone who read his thoughts on the investigation that he posted on his Facebook account. The elder Melling obviously has strong thoughts and speculations of what happened inside the house of his brother last week. He was working in Kuwait when he received the news, and flew back to Nebraska to be with his family on Friday.
"Chris was one of my two younger brothers," Melling began. "I grew up with him from when he was born. We grew up side by side until I left for college at 18. I knew him very well." Knowing his brother the way he did, and knowing so many others who knew Chris well, Tom is not convinced that the preliminary findings are complete, let alone true.
"A lot of what I've been told, even just getting off the phone with the Highway Patrol, and even they conveyed that the investigation is still ongoing and not concluded. There is nothing that shows that is exactly what happened. Knowing my brother, and everybody that knows my brother, and knowing many of the details that outside agencies and people outside the community that aren't in the day to day activities...there are a lot of things that they don't know. A lot of things that are hidden in the fabric of the local community, and a lot of facts hidden there that aren't out in the open. I am slowly getting emails from people in the local community that are saying 'I know this', and 'I saw this', and 'this is definitely suspicious'. It is an outpouring of information from the community that they feel I can use to help clear my brother's name and bring some light to the circumstances. There are a lot of small things that continue to lead me to believe that he is not the person that committed this crime. I don't believe that he killed himself or that little girl."
When reading Tom Melling's statements on Facebook, one can see that he is blunt when speaking his mind about his late brother's wife and the mother of Aimee, Tammy Melling. He believed that Tammy and Chris had been together since approximately 2003, and described her as someone he could never get along with throughout her relationship with Chris. In his online statements, Tom described her as a "malicious and manipulative monster", and called her "evil". He illustrated a fairly detailed portrait of his perception of their relationship to The Quiz:
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