South Carolina 'Spree Killings'

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    This image provided June 28, 2009, by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department shows one of the sketches released by police of a 'spree killer' responsible for five murders in Cherokee County, S.C.

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    Patrick Tracy Burris, in a mug shot. The 'spree killer' terrorized s South Carolina community by shooting five people to death before police killed him Monday July 6, 2009. Burris, 41, was a career criminal paroled just two months ago, authorities said, and was shot to death by officers investigating a burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, N.C., 30 miles from where the killing spree started June 27. Burris had a long rap sheet filled with charges such as larceny, forgery and breaking and entering from states across the Southeast, including Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. He had been paroled from a North Carolina prison in April after serving nearly eight years.

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    A sketch of the South Carolina 'spree killer,' as investigators called him, Patrick Tracy Burris

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    July 6, 2009: Reggie Lloyd, director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, holds a 25-page rap sheet on Patrick Tracy Burris during a news conference outside the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center, in Gaffney, S.C.

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    A photo of Abby Tyler, 15, fatally shot Thursday by 'spree killer' Patrick Tracy Burris at her family's store in Gaffney, S.C.

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    In this 2004 picture, Kline Cash looks over the buds on peach trees at Cash Farms in Cherokee County, S.C. Cash was killed on June 27, 2009, at his home in Cherokee County by 'spree killer' Patrick Tracy Burris, who was captured and died in a shootout with police.

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    July 3, 2009: The Tyler Home Center in Gaffney, S.C., where 'spree killer' Patrick Tracy Burris gunned down owner Stephen Tyler and his teenaged daughter.

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    July 3, 2009: Reward posters for the suspect authorities have called a 'spree killer' hang in the window of a local business in Gaffney, S.C., during the nationwide manhunt for him.

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    July 6, 2009: Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton, along with a task force of several law enforcement agencies and SLED, speaks to reporters during a news conference in Gaffney, S.C. to announce that the Cherokee County 'spree killer,' identified as Patrick Tracy Burris, was shot and killed during an incident with police officers in Gaston County, N.C.

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    July 6, 2009: A wrecker tows a vehicle from the scene of shooting in Dallas, N.C., where South Carolina law enforcement officials say a burglary suspect who was shot to death by police is the so-called 'spree killer' who murdered five people in recent days.

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    July 5, 2009: Pallbearers exit First Baptist Church in downtown Gaffney, S.C., after the funeral services for 83-year-old Hazel Linder and her 50-year-old daughter, Gena Linder Parker. Mother and daughter were shot and killed by 'spree killer' Patrick Tracy Burris, authorities said.