South Carolina 'Serial Killer' Claims 5th Victim

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 3:13 PM CDT
The Tyler Home Center in Gaffney, S.C., where Stephen Tyler was shot and killed and his daughter was shot and injured, is pictured Friday, July 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald Journal, John Byrum)
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(Newser) – A suspected South Carolina serial killer claimed his fifth victim today when a teenage girl died in hospital, the Gaffney Ledger reports. Like her father and four other victims, Abbey Tyler, 15, was found shot earlier this week in Gaffney, SC. Police say the killings are linked. Scared residents say they are avoiding July 4th celebrations for their own safety as dozens of investigators, some state and federal, work the case.