South Carolina

“[R]eligious man” Suspected in Triple Murder-Suicide

On Wednesday, the family of four was found dead in their South Carolina home in an apparent murder-suicide at the suspected hands of the devout Jehovah Witness husband and father.

The bodies of Sheddrick Byron Miller, 38, and his wife Kia Von Miller, 28, were discovered with their two young children, age 3 and 1, in the family’s Riverwalk home after Sheddrick Miller’s mother hadn’t heard from them for a few days, the Charlotte Observer reported.

…The Richland County Coroner confirmed their identities Thursday and described them as each suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

The weapon believed to have been used was found closest to Sheddrick Miller, indicating that he was the last to fire it.

On Miller’s Facebook page, he depicts what would be seen to be a happy life full of love for his family, which he commonly refers to as royalty.

…[Tammy] Doctor called him “a religious man” who loved his kids. She said his wife was a stay-at-home mom.

…South Carolina ranks first in the nation in number of women murdered by men, according to a study released by the Violence Policy Center in October — correlating to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Nationwide “nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in their report.

“That’s nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year — more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War. We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence. No American, adult or child, should live in a perpetual state of fear. It’s inhumane.”

Devout South Carolina family of four found dead in apparent murder-suicide. NY Daily News, 1/16/2014.

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