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National Briefing / South Carolina

Funeral for serial killer victims

July 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of mourners thronged funeral services for an elderly mother and her daughter, two of five victims of a suspected serial killer whose crime spree has terrorized rural Gaffney.

The killings began a week ago Saturday when the wife of peach farmer Kline Cash, 63, found him shot dead in their rural home. Then on Wednesday, relatives discovered the bodies of the two women, 50-year-old Gena Linder Parker and her 83-year-old mother, Hazel Linder, both bound and shot to death in Linder's home.

On Thursday, Stephen Tyler and his 15-year-old daughter, Abby, were shot as they were closing his store for the day. The father died Thursday, the daughter Saturday.

Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton has said investigators think the killings are linked and the killer is male.

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