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Family ties link two murder-suicides

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – There's new information in that Worth county murder suicide over the weekend. The victims, Billy and Sarah Miller, are related, by marriage, to Ronald and Bobbie Cox. Ronald Cox killed himself and his wife in Ft. Gaines one month ago.

It's a bizarre family tragedy. Investigators say Billy Miller killed his wife Sarah and then himself Saturday night. And last month, Ronald and Bobbie Cox of Albany also died in a similar murder suicide at their vacation home.

How are the couples connected? Their children. The Miller's son is married to Mrs. Cox's daughter.

Neither investigators nor family members can say what led 68-year-old Billy Miller to kill his wife, 66-year-old Sarah Miller, then take his own life at their Worth County home Saturday night, August 21st.

Investigators say Ronald Cox shot and killed his wife, himself and their dog at their vacation home in Ft.Gaines. Now the Miller-Cox family is dealing with the loss of two sets of grandparents. And the family murder suicide cases just keep adding up.

Just three weeks ago in Grady county Marquis Simpson shot 31-year-old Lacretia Simpson multiple times in front of their kids then shot himself in the head.

And in Early county on July 17th Blakely man Matt Justice shot his wife, son, daughter and himself. The only survivor is his 11-year-old daughter Emily.

Four families forever changed in just one month's time.

We talked to people who know the Miller's son and wife, Matt and Denise Miller, and they say the couple is turning to God in this time of heartache and counting on friends and family support and a lot of prayer to get them through this.

The Miller's bodies will sent to the crime lab in Macon for autopsies. The GBI is investigating.

A memorial service for the Millers will be held Wednesday, August 25th at the First Baptist Church in Sylvester.


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