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Police: Mom killed her 2 children, herself after killing woman in Greenville

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting death on the third floor of a parking garage in downtown Greenvile on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting death on the third floor of a parking garage in downtown Greenvile on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Greenville News

It started with a single gunshot at about rush hour Thursday on the third floor of a parking garage at a luxury apartment complex on North Main Street in Greenville.

About two hours later, seven miles away in Pickens County, the suspect’s black Jeep Patriot was found with the engine running and three people dead inside all with apparent gunshot wounds.

Meredith Leigh Rahme, 28, of Greenville, was shot in the head as she sat in the driver's seat of a white SUV at the Main + Stone complex where she lived, authorities said.

Jessica Edens, 36 of Easley and her two children Harper Edens, 5, and Kayden King, 9, all died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley.

Police are confident that Edens shot her two children and herself after killing Rahme, said Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller.

Over the course of the last three weeks three calls to police two to Greenville and one to Easley for welfare check on the children from the estranged husband who lived at Main and Stone.

All were shot with a .40 caliber handgun, Miller said.

Edens was separated from her husband, who is the father of one of the two children, said Creed Hashe, chief deputy of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

The motive and connection between the shootings stems from a broken marriage and the “domestic challenges associated with the break up,” Hase said.

Rahme is not related to Edens, Hashe said.

Over the course of the last three weeks three calls to police two to Greenville and one to Easley for welfare check on the children from the estranged husband who lived at Main and Stone, Miller said.

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