Sister of Malabar fire victim: Sebastian was just loving to everyone

By Caitlin Wilson, Brevard County Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:51 PM EDT

The two-day investigation into a house fire in Malabar is not over, but for now Atz Road is open and cleared and a small memorial has been set up for the three victims of the fire.

"I honestly can't believe this happened," Alexis McGurie said.

McGuire, just 20 years old, now only has memories of her mother, aunt and brother.

"They've just always been there for me, all in all they were just wonderful people," McGuire said.

Her mother Chrissy Hughes, brother Sebastian Meachum, and aunt Linda Woods are believed to be the victims found inside the Malabar home that burned to the ground early Sunday.

Her brother Sebastian was just 9 years old.

"Everyone got to know him really well. He was just loving to everyone. He would always say 'I love you, I love you,' he was friends with everyone, good kid, good grades. He was just a good kid, that's for sure," McGuire said.

The victims inside the home have not been positively identified, but investigators do believe the fire that destroyed the home was intentionally set to cover up the murders.

Investigators are still searching for Tony Hughes, Chrissy's husband and stepfather to both Sebastian and Alexis.

Alexis said that while she never witnessed any physical abuse, she did hear her stepfather threaten her family.

"Knowing my stepfather, my mother probably told him she was going to leave and he took matters into his own hands. But no one ever thought he'd actually go through with the threats," McGuire said.

Now as she tries to move forward and piece together what happened that day. She has a message for other families.

"I really just want to say how sorry I am to the families that have to now tell their kids that their kids' friend just isn't coming back to school," McGuire said.

Sebastian attended Pineapple Cove Academy in Palm Bay and we're told a number of families from the school stopped by the home to help clean and search for remaining items.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up. We're told over $5,000 has been donated so far to help with arrangements for the victims.

Investigators did find a boat registered to the Hughes. The Coast Guard found it driving in circles several miles off shore of Christianson's Landing.

The boat was empty but they did find what they believe to be blood evidence.