Daughter reacts to death of militia member

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 01:00:25-05

The spokesman of the militia group in Oregon is now dead. He leaves behind loved ones who say he is not a violent man.

One of LaVoy Finicum's daughters spoke to 'Six On Your Side' during a one-one-one interview.

As people across the nation received news alerts about a deadly shooting near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Finicum's children were frantic to gather more details about the traffic stop that involved gun fire.

"Me and my siblings have this mass text we keep shooting around to each other to try and figure out what's going on," said Challice Finicum, 24.

Their worst fears were confirmed when their mother called to let them know their father was dead.

Challice says her father was cooperating at the time of the shooting, posing no threat.

The 55-year-old Arizona rancher and other occupiers were reportedly heading to a community meeting in the town of John Day, about 70 miles north of Burns, when the traffic stop was made.

Authorities said shots were fired but have declined to say how many, or if Finicum or any of the other activists exchanged gunfire with officers.

Challice said he did not die in vain, saying: "This will inspire people. This will cause action."

She added that it was a few years back when her dad decided to become more vocal in standing up for freedom.

Challice explains who her father was and how he ended up in Oregon most recently: "I want them to know that my dad was not out to harm anyone. He loved life, he would never harm someone. I just want people to know he's not violent. He was there to stand for freedom... the Hammond's to be put in jail, that was wrong. He was there to bring light to that and he was there to educate people on what the constitution was."

When we spoke to Challice on Tuesday, she said there was talk to gather all of the family members up before heading to Oregon to bring his body home.