Endicott had known Crum since he first became magistrate a decade ago, and said she voted for him when he ran for sheriff.
"I thought he could get the job done," she said. "And he understood what was really going on in the community."
Terry Sanders, a magistrate clerk in Mingo County, worked with Crum during his time as magistrate. He was at a press conference at the county courthouse in Williamson on Thursday afternoon, waiting for an update on the case.
This was the second such briefing since the murder Wednesday. The event was attended by about 100 people -- twice as many community members as reporters.
"Everybody woke up today and still couldn't believe it," Sanders said. "They're still trying to let it sink in that this is really happening here."
Sanders said the brazen murder came as a shock in the small community, though he also said that that community is rough around some of its edges. The region has been notoriously plagued with an illegal drug problem -- especially illegal prescriptions -- for years.
"His whole campaign for sheriff was about eliminating that," said Delegate Justin Marcum, D-Mingo, who is also the assistant prosecutor in Mingo County. "And his investigations were thorough, better than anything else I've seen."
Crum had a background in law enforcement -- he was the chief of the police department in Delbarton before becoming magistrate and an officer in Matewan before that.
Officials and friends have repeatedly said in recent days that Crum was the only sheriff in recent memory who had a background in law enforcement; the job usually goes to a politician-type.
"We will get to the bottom of this," Marcum said. "We need to get to the root of this problem in Mingo county ... It's not something he should die in vain for."
Writers Ashley B. Craig and Paul Fallon contributed to this report.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.