Robert Rashford, a neighbor who has known the Allens for 16 years, said they were active at the Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg. He said they have four children.
“This is a great family. We are all taken aback by the circumstances,” Rashford said. “We’re just trying to piece together what happened.”
Church officials issued a statement Friday: “The very sad story being reported in the news today is the only information we have at this time. We are grieving and praying for the family of the victim, the Allen family and all involved.”
Rashford said the younger Allen had just returned from college. The University of Richmond confirmed that Allen had been a student there until his departure in October.
Rashford described him as a good person who was athletic. Allen had played soccer and rugby. He was home-schooled before college.
It wasn’t clear how or when Allen met Harvey. Harvey had pleaded guilty repeatedly to minor drug and theft charges, while Allen had one scrape with Montgomery police in 2011 — pleading guilty to a paraphernalia charge, while a marijuana charge was dropped.
Gaithersburg resident Megan Morrissey, who said she had known Harvey for about five years, said he had worked for a temp agency and liked to play basketball. He had at least two young children, Morrissey said, and court records show he had faced at least two paternity suits. Harvey’s nickname was “pretty-eye Capone” because he had beautiful blue-green eyes, Morrissey said.
“He was funny and crazy,” Morrissey said. “He had a great personality.”
She described Harvey and the younger Allen as friends. “I don’t know where the double-cross happened,” she said.
On Friday, detectives walked from the back of the house to the thicket, at one point marking a clue in the middle of the yard. They wrapped sheets of protective paper around a large trash can, suggesting it would be taken away as evidence.
Police got a break in the case when they learned a third person had been in the house at the time of the attack.
Detectives located him and he cooperated during an interview, Daly said.
About 10:30 a.m., investigators wheeled a gurney from the crime scene, loaded it into a red sport-utility vehicle and drove off. The younger Allen was booked into the Montgomery County Detention Center and was being held Friday without bond.
Jennifer Jenkins and Alice Crites contributed to this report.