Edgefield community struggles with double murder-suicide

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, October 31, 2007

EDGEFIELD, S.C- A quiet community is rocked by news of a double murder and a suicide that left three family members dead. It also left three children without a mother and sister.

For the Edgefield community, it's a bitter Halloween.

"This is a small community so anything that happens devastates the whole community," says Dana Boatwright.

It was at a Pickens Street home where the real horror was unleashed Tuesday. Police say 34 year old Alecia Arangilan and her 17-year-old daughter Jade were shot dead while they slept; each shot once in the chest and once in the head.

Officers say the killer, Alecia's husband Robert Herring, then turned the gun on himself. His body was found beside his wife's bed.

Investigators believe the crime happened sometime that morning,after Robert Herring helped to get his wife's other three children off at school.

"The saddest part for me is the teenage girl and the three kids left behind with no parents," says Donna Easler.

"I've seen them outside with the little kids. The parents, they were on the porch...Looked like a real nice little family there and come this morning to see it all blocked off, I'd just like to know what happened?" adds Doreen Huckaby.

And so would investigators, but its a question that may never be answered.

Most who knew the private family say they never suspected trouble.

Not even from Robert Herring. "He loved his family though. But, I don't know what the trouble was. But, I do know one thing, he was a good man." says John Peterson.

Robert Herring was a longtime Wackenhut employee. He resigned in May, after 17 years with the company.

Herring was arrested in May of this year on a public disorderly conduct violation. There were also several incident reports filed of a runaway juvenile from the home, but the Edgefield Police Chief says that juvenile was not the same teenager as the one who was killed.

Alecia Arangilon's other three children, ages 15, 11, and 7, are staying with relatives.

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  • by jessica Location: talahassee on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    jade and alecia are two very beautiful people and its very tragic thing that happened to that family. The family has my sympethy
  • by Kelsey Location: tallahasse on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    that is a tragic memorie that will be hard to look back on... sad :(
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Jul 13, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    I am in shock just finding out about this today. I was married to Alecia and her and her children were wonderful especially Jade. They always will be in my heart, mind and prayers. It's a good thing he did kill himself. I wish I knew the circumstance before this awful thing happened. I would have taken care of him
  • by Charles Location: N. Augusta on Jun 10, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    Oh someone wrote that this was a good man and make sure you know both sides i know both sides. This good man murdered his wife and her child while they slept. There is no other side they were not awake. Who ever wrote this needs professional help. Please get help before maybe you do the same thing I have never heard of a good murderer. You are really screwed up in the head.
  • by M Location: L on Feb 9, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    This guy is a TOTAL DIRTBAG. No matter what his reasoning. what a LOSER
  • by Tanya Location: North Augusta on Nov 21, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    To all those that think they do know what happen you can't begin to know.As her sister I have information that no one else knows.In time this will come out.Bob was the most evil of humans if you even want to call him that.I have picturesof Alecia half beaten to death by Bob last December.These pictures will come out at the appropriate time and everyone wwill know what a manipulative, evil, calculating thing he was.I hope he spends a 1000 eternities burning in hell and suffers in ways we can't begin to imagine.Bob made the choice to take their lifes so the only reason this happened is because he made it happen.He is a demon from hell and I know he has returned to roots and will suffer forever.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ga on Nov 19, 2007 at 01:06 PM
    If Bob was a good ole man that took care of his family years ago, why was he on his third marriage? i bet if you ask his ex wives they will tell you he was abusive to them as well...he was taken to jail in may but the cheif of police just let him sobber up and released him...He had a gun and said he was going to Kill Alecia...They was not going to even take him to jail but they did because he was drinking and he tried to kick out the windows in the police car....he was never charged...who protected Alecia and Jade " not the edgefield police Hummm makes you think.
  • by Charles Location: Denver on Nov 16, 2007 at 04:16 PM
    To the one that said Bob was a good Man. This is the first time I have ever heard anyone say that this was a good man and he killed his wife and Stepchild maybe you need help TOO.
  • by johnny Location: SC on Nov 15, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    Bob was fired from Wackenhut, get your story stright. I think Edgefield is shaddy anyway. Their was alot of illgel things bob"his friends" was involved in anyway. The truth with proper investigation will come out. God Bless you Alecia& Jade
  • by susan Location: sc on Nov 15, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    Just wanted to say i have had an affair with Bob and he is no angel his self, i never would have dreamed he would do something like this..i feel awful and my heart goes out to Alecia and jade.
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