Man Found Dead after Allegedly Killing Estranged Wife and Her Friend in South Carolina

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Man Found Dead after Allegedly Killing Estranged Wife and Her Friend in South Carolina

Two women allegedly shot by their estranged husband in a domestic dispute

A horrific episode of domestic violence concluded in tragedy over the weekend in South Carolina, when a man, who allegedly murdered his estranged wife and her friend during an altercation, was discovered dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Details of the incident

The victims, Mariellen Bessent Minor, 41, and her friend Kim Melissa Thrift, 52, were allegedly killed by Mariellen’s estranged husband, 50-year-old Christopher Minor. According to local law enforcement, the incident occurred on Saturday at around 6 PM when the women arrived to pick up the children Minor shared with his estranged wife.

It is reported that the argument escalated, leading Christopher to fatally shoot both women. Law enforcement sources indicated that Thrift had accompanied Minor for safety reasons.

Manhunt and discovery of the perpetrator’s body

In the immediate aftermath of the double homicide, law enforcement issued a “be on the lookout” warning for Christopher Minor, as they considered him a suspect in the incident. He was last seen driving a white Cadillac.

However, on Sunday, officials found Christopher Minor deceased at Baker Creek State Park, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After local park rangers located his unoccupied vehicle, an extensive search led them to discover his body lying by Lake Thurmond within the park.

Community reeling in the wake of tragedy

The traumatic events unfolded in front of multiple witnesses, including several children, although it remains unclear whether Minor’s own children witnessed the deadly incident.

Prior to his death, Christopher Minor was facing charges of two counts of murder and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

The Mauldin Police Department urged those in abusive situations to seek appropriate help. The Police Chief emphasized, “If you’re a victim of domestic violence, I’m begging you to report it so that we can assist you and try and keep this from happening.”

These shocking events have left a community grieving and authorities urging those trapped in violent situations to reach out for help in the hope of preventing further tragedy.

Condolences for the victims

As the news of the tragedy reverberates through the community, many have taken to expressing their grief and condolences for the victims, who were taken in such brutal circumstances. The need for continuing efforts in addressing and preventing domestic violence is again starkly highlighted by such devastating incidents.

Man Found Dead after Allegedly Killing Estranged Wife and Her Friend in South Carolina

Author: HERE Irmo

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