Son Of Victim Arrested In Georgia Massacre

By: CNN
By: CNN

BRUNSWICK, Georgia (CNN) -- Guy Heinze Jr. -- the son of one of the victims of last week's brutal killings of eight people in a southeast Georgia mobile home -- has been arrested for eight counts of first degree murder, police said Friday.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant Friday evening for Heinze, 22, just hours after he had been freed from jail on charges of tampering with evidence and making false statements to a police officer, Glynn County, Georgia, Police Chief Matt Doering said.

"I can assure you that this person is responsible," Doering said at a news conference Friday evening.

The bodies were discovered last Saturday at New Hope Plantation mobile home park, north of the Atlantic coastal city of Brunswick. seven died in the mobile home, and the eighth died Sunday at a hospital. The chief refused to reveal how the victims were killed or the suspected motive.

A 3-year-old who was injured struggles on life support at a Savannah hospital, her grandmother said.

A man identified as Heinze reported the slayings. He told an emergency dispatcher when he called last Saturday, "I was out last night. I got home just now, and everybody's dead. ... My whole family's dead. It looks like they've been beaten to death."

According to the first arrest warrant, Heinz provided "investigators with false and misleading information about his whereabouts and involvement in the circumstances leading up to him calling 911 to report the deaths of his family members."

The arrest warrant also said he removed a shotgun from the residence and hid it in the trunk of his car.

Seven of the eight victims will be buried Saturday.

The funeral for Joseph L. West, 30, is to be held at mid-month.

For the other seven, viewing was scheduled for Friday night, and a funeral is to be held Saturday afternoon at Youngs Island Church in Eulonia, Georgia.

West was the boyfriend of Chrissy Toler, 22, who died along with her father, Russell D. Toler Sr., 44, and three siblings -- Michelle Toler, 15; Michael Toler, 19; and Russell D. Toler Jr., 20. Michael Toler had Down's syndrome.

Also killed were Guy Heinze Sr., 45, and Brenda Gail Falagan, 49, police said.

Russell Toler Sr. and the Toler children's mother, Diane Isenhower, are divorced. Clint Rowe, whose wife is Isenhower's sister, told CNN the family was having trouble coping with the losses, and noted that police, too, were affected.

"They're the ones who walked in on that, so you know it wears on the police as well," he said. Referring to Isenhower, he added, "It has been a long week for her. She's lost all of her family, so naturally it would be."

"They're just as nice as they could be," Rowe said of the family members who died. "Friendly folks. Down-to-earth folks."

Russell Toler Sr., who worked at a nearby factory, was a generous man who allowed relatives facing financial and health problems to live with him. There were 10 people in the mobile home, and their combined salaries was low, Rowe said.

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