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OUR COMMUNITY MOURNS

A triple murder-suicide that occurred at 750 Carolina Ave., Apt. 124B on Feb. 2 has prompted the community to publicly mourn the deaths of the family members whose names were released Monday afternoon.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the subject of the case as Herbert Clyde Hughes Jr., 47, and victims as Bridget N. Hughes, 39, Whitney Hughes, 12, and Austin Hughes, 11.
Within two days of the tragedy, the community responded by leaving many mementos such as handmade cards, toys and flowers outside the apartment complex in remembrance of the lives that were lost.
One of the cards left for Whitney read, “We just want you to know how much we appreciate you and your brother for being kind and being a good friend.”
On Monday, Town of Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson said the pain experienced by all involved in the case is overwhelming.
“The tragic events of Saturday have touched many lives in our small town, I wish I knew how to fix it and make it all have never happened, but I can’t do that,” Tilson said. “I know that as a community we can rally around the family and support them as best we can. It is hard for anyone to understand and difficult at best for those that knew the victims, but it is unimaginable for the families of the victims.”
The first press release sent on Monday from Tilson states that a “wounded person” called 911 from inside the residence around 2 a.m.
“Officers made entry into the residence where the bodies of two adults and two children were located, all of whom are deceased,” the release states.

For the remainder of this article please see the February 5, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.