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Details emerge about family in Avila mansion fire

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The Campbells: Kim (top left), Darrin and Megan with Colin (top right) The Campbells: Kim (top left), Darrin and Megan with Colin (top right)
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The girl shown in a home video in a pink top is Megan Campbell. She died at her Avila home on Wednesday morning.

Another girl dancing in the living room is her best friend, Seattle York. They went to class together at Carrollwood Day School.

Seattle's mother, Autumn Lincoln, said Megan spent many hours at her home.

“She was the girl didn't get brought down by anything. She was always happy. Full of life,” said Lincoln. “And that's the legacy that all these girls would want to leave behind for Megan.”

Investigators dropped several bombshells at a press conference Thursday evening.

“What I can confirm to you is that all four individuals were shot,” said Col. Donna Lusczynski of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Lusczynski stressed that law enforcement officials are waiting for the medical examiner to confirm the identities of the victims.

However, Kim Campbell’s father confirmed to News Channel 8 on Thursday that Darrin Campbell, his wife Kim, their teenage kids, Megan, and Colin were dead.

On Sunday, surveillance video shows Darrin buying more than $600 worth of fireworks.

“Fireworks could have been used to ignite and keep the fire aflame,” Col. Luscznski said. “We can also confirm that he purchased several gas cans at a local home improvement store that same day.”

While investigators aren't saying it, some evidence seems to point to Darrin Campbell.

“A firearm was recovered in the residents that was registered to Mr. Campbell,” said Lusczynski.

Autumn Lincoln is having trouble coping, after knowing the Campbells for 13 years.

“I don't know how anyone can ever do something so horrific to such a beautiful lady,” she said.

Classmates at Carrollwood Day School are sharing tears and memories.

“The heartbreak for these girls is just unbearable that something like this, that a trust can be so broken inside a home,” said Lincoln.

The hot fire is making it difficult to identify the bodies. DNA testing and dental records are being used to assist the medical examiner. Investigators will be back on Friday.

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