Family torn apart by double homicide in Lincoln County

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, December 30, 2013

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (WRDW) -- It started Saturday morning when the police got a call from a woman scared for her life.

"Our dispatch center 911 got a call from a female saying that she was in a vehicle being pursued by her ex-boyfriend and that he was chasing her," Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs said.

The chase turned into an accident at the corner of Augusta Highway and Old Petersburg Road, but the sheriff says when officers showed up, there was much more to the story.

"It was apparent that something else was going on besides an accident," he said.

Besides the two cars on the side of the road, investigators also found two victims, 27-year-old Lakendra Elam and 28-year-old Terrence Norman, both with gunshot wounds.

"It appears the person in the vehicle that was pursuing, the shooter exited that vehicle and went back to the other vehicle. Somewhere in that area is where the shooting took place," Beggs said.

Lakendra is a mother of two, one child belonging to the man killed beside her, Terrence, the other the daughter of the man police would spend nearly two days hunting down.

"It certainly is tragic because all of these parties involved had children," the Sheriff said.

"I still just don't believe it still," sister Lakeithia Searles said.

It's a feeling so strong it almost leaves her numb.

"I ain't got no feeling right now. I can't explain it. I haven't been through nothing like now," she explained.

Searles is Lakendra's sister, but now she's playing mother to her sister's two kids. It's a job she says she takes with pride in the name of the woman the whole community will miss. \

"She knows I love her. That's why I'm going to do everything I got to do for her kids. To make her happy," Searles said.

Partlow is now in the Lincoln County jail charged with two counts of murder. The Sheriff says other charges are pending.

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