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Man kills girlfriend, then kills himself

By Len Kiese - bio | email

FORT GAINES, GA (WALB) - A shocking murder-suicide rocked a small town in Clay County. Authorities say in broad daylight a man shot and killed his long-time girlfriend, then turned the gun on himself Monday afternoon.

What looked like a bad afternoon wreck on a rainy day in Fort Gaines was much more. "Man this is just tragic that two nice people like this had to lose their lives over something that could have been prevented a long time ago," said Glenn Neal.

Glenn Neal rushed to 308 Washington Street when he got the news. "I was at work when they called me and I was like what?," said Neal.

He learned that his cousin was killed in apparent murder-suicide around 2 Monday afternoon. "We were really close," said Neal, "I'm shocked that it came to this. I wish something else could have been done besides this."

It all happened right in front of a newly purchased mobile home on Washington. "They had just set this house up for them to live together in," said Clay County Sheriff Roger Shivers.

There was extensive damage done after authorities say 40-year-old Eddie Heard Junior rammed his truck head on into 29-year-old Angela Sands' car. "Jumped out and went around and shot her at least twice from what we can tell at the moment and turned around and took a self-inflicted shot to the head," said Shivers.

Sands was hit in the chest and head with bullets from a revolver. The couple apparently had a history of domestic disturbances. "Things had just gotten a little tense with them over the holiday and it escalated to this point," said Shivers.

But both law enforcement and family say this deadly point could have been avoided. "If you can't get along, there's easier ways to handle it than this," said Shivers.

"I'm sorry that it happened. Stuff like this happens everyday and we as people have to come together and stop the violence," said Neal.

Two families will now have to come to grips. "I hate to see something like this happen to anybody's family," said Neal.

As they mourn, they'll have to quickly take on the responsibility of raising two kids who lost two parents to domestic violence.

Family members say there were threats of deadly violence in the past. Sheriff Shivers says Angela Sands' mother Laura was also killed in a domestic situation several years ago.

Several Alabama and Georgia agencies responded to the scene Monday afternoon. Because of some initial confusion, authorities originally thought an officer had been shot.

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