Officials said that a former soldier shot and killed an active duty member of the US Army and three children at home in South Carolina before killing himself. The killing was carried out in the presence of his ex-wife.
Charles Slacks Jr. allegedly used a key to enter the South Carolina home of his ex-wife Aletha Holliday on Tuesday night. Slacks found Holliday in the backyard of the house owned by both of them, speaking with a 38-year-old male co-worker, according to Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark III. Roark said that Slacks shot the man and went inside the home and upstairs.
Holliday followed Slacks but stopped when he pointed the firearm at her. Unfortunately, she had no cell phone and could not call 911.
‘She goes back outside of the residence, where the first individual had been shot, in search of his cell phone, wasn’t able to locate that,’ said Roark, according to WIS. ‘Then she hears several gunshots.’
Holliday said that when she went inside the home on the 100 block of Whitetail Circle in the Woodridge subdivision, she saw Slacks at the top of the stairs. He took his own life, she said.
Roark said she then went to check her children’s bedrooms and found all of them shot dead. Two were their kids together, and the third was Slacks’ stepdaughter.
Ex-soldier Kills his 3 children in front of ex-wife
They have been identified as Aayden Holliday-Slacks, 5; Aaron Holliday-Slacks, 6; and Ava Holliday, 11.
‘Sumter School District is grieving the loss of three students. Two siblings attended Millwood Elementary School, and another sibling attended Alice Drive Middle School,’ stated District Superintendent Dr William Wright. ‘Our sincere condolences are extended to the family.’
Roark asked for prayers for the family and the community.
‘When you have a situation where little children were sleeping in the comfort of their own bed, and in no fault of their own had their life taken, particularly by a father and a stepfather, that’s difficult for us to rationalize,’ he said. Slacks had retired from the military. The active duty Army member died later at a hospital. His identity was not immediately released.
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