“People say that Phar Lap was stabbed with a broken bone as he was falling from the horse. That’s not true. It wasn’t until later in the day that he got back [up] but once he got back, he couldn’t walk straight. I’m sure it was an accident. When people say that, they don’t really know, because it was a little way out of town. He probably fell from a horse on a steep hill, and he wasn’t prepared to walk up there.”
How is the city dealing with its latest death?
“We’re having a really hard time with everything. There’s a lot of stress and a lot of emotions. We’re trying to come up with a good plan to handle it [the funeral] from first-to-last, because it’s pretty hard. We’re all so focused on what just happened and we can’t even think about everything else it may have caused. We’re all doing all we can to take care of the family and for everybody to go back home.”
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On what the next step will be?
“My next step [will be] to wait. We’ll find out more in time, [but] we’ve had to think about this for a long time. I know that the FBI has said that now that they know we are in custody, I don’t want to jump to conclusions. We have to be patient until the final results come out [and] it can be tested through DNA testing. The DNA tests will take a couple of weeks, but we’re pretty sure it’s the right one and that we’re going to get to the bottom of this. … Right now, everything will be put on hold. There will be a short wait, because there’s a lot of information I don’t know about the investigation. This is a tough thing for my family, but I want to go back home now and be with them. … The FBI can’t arrest anyone, so all they can do is look at the evidence. The DNA testing is a process which is going to take some time, but we are now sure that [the suspect] is not the same individual who walked into the courthouse a few hours ago and was charged with murder.”
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