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Grandmother, young couple, 2 children slain in Manchester

Five members of a family, including two small children, were found murdered in a home in Manchester, Ill., which is about 50 miles southwest of Springfield.

Police say 43-year-old Rick Odell Smith broke into the home early Wednesday morning, and killed a grandmother, a young couple and their two sons.

He then carried a critically wounded 6-year-old girl to a neighbor. That girl is hospitalized.

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Scene of a shooting in Manchester, Ill.

Witnesses told police Smith then took off in a white car. Law enforcement from numerous agencies responded, and at about 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, the Smith was found and a pursuit ensued.

After a shootout with police,  Smith was taken into custody. Police said he was in possession of multiple weapons. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The state’s attorney says Smith had a conviction for reckless homicide and several petty arrests.

Police would not comment on a motive but a neighbor told the Chicago Tribune, he had a custody battle with a relative of the victims.

The last homicide reported in Scott County was in 1993, police said.  This is the first multiple homicide in Scott County.

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14 Comments to “Grandmother, young couple, 2 children slain in Manchester”

    WTE said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    What a coward, shooting defenseless children

      Roger said:
      April 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      And the suspect will get a fair trial trial. And if convicted the suspect will be sentenced based on the laws their legislatures voted on.

        twirtzy said:
        April 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Ummm, you should read the article and then post. The suspect is dead.

        Roger said:
        April 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Sounds like it was fair to me.
        The police do have a fair right to protect themselves under the laws voted on by their legislatures.

        Moe said:
        April 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Don't you guys want to bring your unwinnable war into this? How about a nice long, pointless, boring Islam/religion debate. You've been spinning your wheels for years on this crap and you never get anywhere. You guys crack me up with you ramblings.
        How serious can a mind be when it can't even figure that out? pfft!

        Roger said:
        April 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        This didn't involve islam.

        I'm wondering, why does wanting the rule of law stand as an attack on islam?

        WTE said:
        April 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Did you read the story? Maybe you should try next time before commenting

        WTE said:
        April 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Roger 170p · 18 hours ago

        And the suspect will get a fair trial trial. And if convicted the suspect will be sentenced based on the laws their legislatures voted on.

        The suspect was already dead. How can he get a trial? You just went into attack mode

        I see you are accusing other people on different web sites of being me. I have not posted on Breitabrt since they went away with ID and I don't post on the right wing extremist web site FP. You're paranoid

      onegaltlogic said:
      May 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Is there anyone you don't want dead, Wee?

    Mannie21 said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Well, the police got this guy. This is good news all around. He is dead. We wont have court cost applied to
    The state tax payers. No cost for his lenghthy stay in prison. And the family can get some closure. Good news all
    around.

    Jeremiah said:
    April 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    the good news is that he died

      WTE said:
      April 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      X2 that is good news

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