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December 21, 2007

Lee County --   Three children are orphaned just four days before Christmas after an apparent murder-suicide in Lee County.  

Marcus and Lorna Boyd were shot to death in their home Thursday night.   The Lee County Sheriff's office was called to 211 Hawkstead Drive around 5:30 when a family member found the couple.

Investigators recovered a semi-automatic handgun and now are trying to piece together what led up to this tragedy.

Crime tape wraps the Boyd's house and Christmas decorations, while neighbors try to wrap their minds around what happened.

Neighbor Karen Hartman told us she was "Shocked, devastated, I'm absolutely speechless. You read about it, you see it in the news, but you never think it's going to happen right here.

Neighbors say Marcus and Lorna Boyd kept to themselves, most isolated, while their children had several friends along the street.

"I have a new puppy and they have puppies next door and across the street, and all of us were out here in the yard just the day before, all out here playing. The little girls love coming over here playing with the puppies," said Hartman.

Neighbors say Boyd called his father and asked him to come to Lee County. He found the couple inside the home along with the couple's 10, 8, and six year old children.

Agent Trebor Randall of the GBI-Americus Office said, "At this time we just know we have two individuals who are deceased, and we're treating it as a death investigation."

The GBI continues to pour over evidence looking for clues as to what caused the shootings. "Right now they're still securing the crime scene just until investigators make sure they've collected everything they need," said Randall.

While neighbors wonder what will happen to the Boyd's three children, and how'll they'll get through this tragedy, so close to what should have been a happy time for them.

"Their Christmas is just ruined for the rest of their lives," Hartman said.

Marcus Boyd's father is currently caring for the children, and plans to file for temporary custody until arrangements can be made. The Boyd's autopsies were completed Friday afternoon, but the results are being held up pending further tests.

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