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Coroner rules deaths in Northeast Columbia a murder-suicide

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Vicki Bourus, executive director of the Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties, gives some advice for those wondering what to do if a loved one might be a domestic violence victim.

The Richland County coroner has identified two people found shot Friday in a Northeast Columbia home.

Christina Martin, 45, was found by authorities shot in the head at her home on Summit Ridge Circle in the Summit neighborhood, according to a statement from coroner Gary Watts.

Authorities also found Anthony Kwahn Kennedy, 46, of Sandy Lane Extension in Winnsboro, dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Watts said.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the house at 91 Summit Ridge Circle at 6:15 a.m. A person reported that shots were fired. When deputies arrived they found the two dead.

Deputy coroners were called in to investigate.

On Friday evening, Watts ruled the deaths a murder-suicide. However, the Richland coroner’s office and sheriff’s department are still investigating, he said.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.
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