The Kaufman County district attorney's office released this statement late Tuesday afternoon:
“We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for the family and co-workers of Mike and Cynthia McLelland; they, and the support that we have received in the last two days are greatly appreciated. This is certainly a trying time for all of us both professionally as an office, and personally as friends and co-workers of Mr. McLelland and his wife. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.
"Although we understand the media’s desire for an interview, at this time the District Attorney’s office feels that the focus should be on moving forward and regrouping before making any formal statements. Understandably, apprehensions are high in the office, but every employee remains dedicated to carrying on their prosecutorial efforts while recovering from this tragic event.
"We would respectfully ask the media to respect the privacy of our employees. Please allow them to process this tragedy, and to grieve the loss of their district attorney and his wife privately.
"The district attorney’s office will address the media at a future date after they have had an opportunity to work through this tragedy.”