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Custody dispute may have been motive in downstate killings

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Investigators say a custody dispute may have been the motive behind the murders of five family members last month in downstate Manchester.

State police say Rick Odell Smith was involved in a custody fight with the mother of his daughter, and thought her family was interfering.

Authorities say  Smith went to the family’s home and shot a pregnant woman, her grandmother, her boyfriend … and their two small children.

Smith died in a gun battle with police a short time later.

His child and her mother were not home at the time of the shooting.

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  • THE VOICE

    WOW…SOMETHING’S PEOPLE SHOULD SEE COMING…IM SO SICK AND TIRED OF THESE WEAK EMOTIONAL GUY’S IN THE WORLD WHO CONTINUALLY HURTING AND KILLING THESE KIDS AND ADULTS OVER THE FACT OF BEING ABLE TO NOT MOVE ON ONCE THE LOVE IS BEING THREATENING OF LOSS…WOW GOD BLESS THE REMAINDER OF THEIR FAMILY…