WAGENER, S.C. -- An Aiken County man allegedly shot and killed his wife, two relatives and his ex-girlfriend before taking his own life over the weekend, authorities said Sunday.
Kenneth Myers, 47, was wanted after deputies found three dead women at a home on Daytona Road around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the victims as 25-year-old Angela M. Myers, her twin sister Tabitha T. Brown and their mother, 50-year-old Vicki May Hook Brown.
Angela Myers and Tabitha Brown died from single gunshot wounds to the head, while Vicki Brown was shot twice before being fatally shot in the head.
A timeline of the case
Vicki had come to the home to help stop a fight between Angela and Kenneth. Relatives say there was hostility between Vicki and Kenneth because she encouraged Angela to leave him.
Tabitha had just taken her 7-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son out of her car when Kenneth shot her in the head. She was holding her son when she was shot -- both fell to the ground.
The 7-year-old says that her Uncle Ken laughed and spit on her mother's body before driving away.
She tried to dig into her mother's pocket for her cell phone but had to stop because there was too much blood. She then picked up her baby brother and walked more than 4 miles to the nearest neighbor's house, where the homeowner called 911.
Around 1 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to 630 Big Branch Road where they found a fourth person they believe was killed by Myers.
That victim has been identified as 47-year-old Esther Baldwin, an ex-girlfriend of Myers. She died from a single gunshot wound to the neck.
Baldwin had not been in a relationship with Myers for some time before she was killed on Saturday. Her sisters said she had been starting to get her life back together.
Baldwin's sister, Dinah Baldwin, said Esther was controlled by Myers when they were together.
"He was a very controlling freak," Dinah Baldwin said. "He made her quit her job. She couldn't cut her hair. She couldn't wear makeup and wouldn't let her visit her family."
Later Sunday morning, Myers was spotted driving a pickup truck that belonged to Baldwin. Deputies pursued him through Wagener around 3 a.m.
Meyers tried to hit deputies with the car and members of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and Wagener Police department opened fire, said Capt. Charles Barranco of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office in a news release.
Myers was chased back to the original crime scene on Daytona Road outside of town where he apparently took his own life by shooting himself in the head.
Myers lived on Old 96 Indian Trail Road, which intersects Daytona Road and is not far from Big Branch Road.
The deaths of all four women have been ruled as homicides and Myers' death is a suicide, Carlton said. The investigation into the five deaths is still ongoing.
Myers' daughter, Alisha Myers, was shocked to find out the news.
"I can't even fathom a single idea that would lead my dad to do this," she said.
Alisha said Angela and Kenneth loved each other. She visited them frequently and called them even more. She said they completed each other's sentences.
Marshall Brown, brother of Angela and Tabitha and son of Vicki, said Myers was having an affair and Angela had made threats to leave Kenneth. He said this may be what sparked the alleged rampage.
There has been allegations that Myers had a written "hit list" of people to harm. Authorities received information that Myers allegedly said he "would hurt certain people if he snapped." After receiving this information, deputies began to check with individuals that Myers had mentioned. A written list has not been located and may not exist.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff's Office: (800) 922-9709. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.
A memorial has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 19 at the Downtown Pavilion in Wagener.
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