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Man kills daughters, then self

He was angry about an impending divorce, authorities say.

November 28, 2007|From the Associated Press

AIKEN, S.C. — A man angry over his impending divorce fatally shot his two adult daughters Tuesday, chasing one into a nearby yard, before committing suicide, authorities said.

A friend of one of the victims was also shot, but she was treated and released from a Georgia hospital, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Alton McCoy Beasley's wife, Willa, and the victims' grandparents were also in the home but were not harmed, the coroner said.

"It appears to be a horrible tragedy," said Lt. David Turno, spokesman for the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Beasley, 61, confronted his daughters and his wife around 1 p.m., about an hour after meeting with lawyers about the couple's divorce, Carlton said.

Beasley shot daughter Anna Loebsack, 36, twice, then wounded the friend, Carlton said. The second daughter, Elizabeth Beasley, 47, tried to run away but was shot twice, authorities said.

Investigators think alcohol was a factor, said Carlton, who ordered toxicology tests on the father.

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