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ONLY ON 12: Wagener mayor speaks out for tearful town

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, July 3, 2011

WAGENER, S.C. -- The town of Wagener only has a few hundred people, but many of them say they knew Myers and didn't expect this at all.

Robin Halsey remembers an event that's now burned in her head.

"A few days ago, we were at the Huddle House and people down there were talking about how he [Kenneth Myers] was trying to feed a little stray dog, and he was talking about how he was going to catch it and take it home and try to save its life, and he was saying, 'I don't see how people can just throw a stray dog out on the street,'" she recalled to News 12.

That man was her neighbor, Kenneth Myers. She thought he was nice then, but now she thinks differently.

"It's a sad situation. Four people had to lose their lives," she said.

Her mood echoes that of most people in the small town of Wagener, S.C. -- mournful.

Mayor Michael Miller shares the town's grief.

"I'm very, very sorry it happened, and our prayers go out to the family," Miller said.

Miller said this is something he and the rest of the town never expected.

"Who does? You know, we read about it. It happens, and you're never ready for it," he said.

He said violence like that is nearly unheard in his quiet town.

"It's certainly not a reflection of our town or our people," Miller said. "It's an unusual, unfortunate occurrence."

An unfortunate occurrence that he said the town will now have to live with. If he finds any solace at all, it's in the fact that Myers is now gone.

"No one knows what else he may have done, so I'm glad we can wonder instead of maybe waking up to even more," he said.

What did Robin Halsey learn from all this?

"I mean, that doesn't make no sense to me, but that proves right there that you don't know people at all," she said.

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