Paragraph nine reads: "Harvey was taking anti-depressants, receiving counseling and seemed to be doing well. Gill said there never were indications of violent behavior. 'I think it'll take time for all of us to figure out whether there is something we can find as a reason for this.'"
March 17, 2004
By YVONNE NAVA
6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The minister of the Michael Harvey family spoke with 6 News about the troubled teen involved in the deadly March 12th standoff and his family's response. [ teen found dead ]
Michael Harvey's father, Frank, is a deacon at the Church of the Savior, United Church of Christ in Knoxville. His mother, Ann, was a religious education coordinator.
And 16-year-old Michael and Rev. John Bluth Gill were so close that twice during the standoff, Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider had Gill use a loud speaker to try talking to Michael.
"No one knows for sure what the time of Michael's death was or if he was still alive...whether he was able to hear us or not," Gill said. "That's something that haunts me a little bit...that I wonder about."
Gill knew Harvey for eight years and describes him as a smiling boy who was very involved in the church. He said that last week, Harvey visited his youth group leader who was in the hospital.
"Michael was a quiet child but he engaged. He participated. He probably had some difficulties sharing his deepest feelings. But you never felt like he was disengaged," Gill said.
But beneath the surface, Harvey battled depression. In September 2003, he attempted suicide. "That was a sign everybody recognized," Gill said. "There's something going on here that we didn't see. And so they immediately had him in patient care. First in-patient, out-patient, then in counseling the rest of the year."
Gill said Harvey's parents were very responsive and supportive.
Harvey was taking anti-depressants, receiving counseling and seemed to be doing well. Gill said there never were indications of violent behavior. "I think it'll take time for all of us to figure out whether there is something we can find as a reason for this."
Michael Harvey's father has issued a statement that reads, "Words cannot express the grief we feel for this tragedy. I wish we knew what snapped in Michael. I wish we could turn back time. This is beyond understanding."
Gill said the Harvey family is also concerned about the well-being of Joni Scott, the widow of the deputy killed at the beginning of the standoff with Harvey. They ask that instead of sending flowers, people make donations to the Scott memorial funds. [ funds set up ]