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1 of 6 people found dead in South Carolina house fire was 11-year-old daughter of murder suspect

Ryan Lenard Manigo, 33, is charged with two counts of murder and an additional charge of attempted murder of the lone survivor of the fire, a 13-year-old.
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The suspect in the investigation of a South Carolina house fire where six people were found dead was charged with the murder of his 11-year-old daughter, the prosecutor's office announced Monday.

Ryan Lenard Manigo, 33, was charged with two counts of murder and an additional charge of attempted murder of the lone survivor of the fire, a 13-year-old, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone announced at a press conference Monday. Stone identified the 11-year-old as Shariah Manigo and the second murder victim as Manigo's sister-in-law, Michelle Marie Wright, 50.

"As the two murder charges carry potential life sentences, those must be set by a circuit court judge," Stone said. "My office will arrange those and schedule those through our chief administrative judge within the next few days and we will notify the public of that hearing."

Ryan Lenard Manigo, 33, appears in a S.C. court on July 3, 2023.
Ryan Lenard Manigo, 33, appears in a South Carolina court on Monday.WCBD

The other four victims who died in the fire are pending identification through autopsy, officials said. Manigo may face additional charges depending on the autopsy results, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office previously said.

Sheriff Guerry "Buddy" Hill said that his deputies were called to the house fire in Green Pond Sunday morning, arriving to a residence fully engulfed in flames.

The juvenile who survived the fire was found outside the home with cuts and stab wounds, Hill told reporters Monday. The child, who was not identified, was able to give the suspect's first name and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Colleton County Fire Rescue personnel investigate the fire in in southern Colleton County, S.C, on July 2, 2023.
Colleton County Fire Rescue personnel investigate the fire in southern Colleton County, S.C., on Sunday.Courtesy Colleton County Fire Rescue

Family members were able to help provide the suspect's full name and Manigo was arrested near the residence, the sheriff said.

"The evidence collected has been sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for analysis," Hill said. "At this time, we do not have a motive. This is a very active investigation and, as details emerge, we will forward them to the family and the media."

Neither Hill nor Stone answered questions from reporters Monday, citing the ongoing investigation.

David Magwood told NBC affiliate WCBD that several members of his family were in the house and that his 101-year-old mother was one of the victims in the fire.

Magwood did not immediately respond to a phone call from NBC News on Monday.

Family members were permitted to speak at Manigo's hearing Monday, according to WCBD, including one who told Manigo will "never be forgiven."

"You took away our matriarch of our family," the family member said. "Someone who took you in and fed you just as her own. I just wish you get the worse charges ever. I really wish you death. I wish they give you the death penalty."

Manigo does not have an attorney listed for him on court records and remained in custody as of Monday afternoon.