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VOL. 123 | NO. 45 | Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Suspected Killings 'Stain on Our Community'

By Bill Dries

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FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS: "This is a stain on our community," said Homicide Bureau Lt. Joe Scott the morning after the bodies of six people, four adults and two children were found in a house in Binghampton. Three other children in the house at 722 Lester St. were being treated Tuesday at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. Memphis Police are seeking any clues or information about what happened in and around the house. -- Photo By Bill Dries

Memphis Police appealed for information Tuesday about the discovery of six bodies in a house in the Binghampton area.

"This is our community. This is a stain on our community," said Homicide Bureau Lt. Joe Scott the day after what is believed to be one of the worst mass murders in modern Memphis history.

The bodies of four adults, two men and two women, and two children, both boys, were found by police Monday evening. Three other children in the house at 722 Lester St. still were being treated Tuesday at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. Police investigators expected to remain in the house through the day Tuesday after spending a rainy night Monday combing the house and the area around it.

Police were not saying how the six victims were killed or identifying the children who survived - even by age or sex.

"There's not a lot we can tell you. We have not identified anyone positively. It's going to take some time," Scott said "We are not going to hinder our investigation in any way."

Scott said the surviving children suffered "very serious wounds" with two remaining in critical condition. The three survivors and the two dead children range in age from 18 months to 10 years old.

"These are children that were brutally killed at 722 Lester," Scott said. "We're looking for anyone that has any information. Our time frame (for the deaths) would be late Saturday night until we received the call (Monday)."

There was no sign of a break-in at the house, according to police. Scott added that police have no motive and haven't ruled out any possibility completely. Although when asked, he told reporters, "We believe that the killer did leave the home."

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