Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Two Women Killed by Foster Children

It was not long into the new year when Gail Clark, 66 and her daughter-in-law, Mary, 38, were allegedly shot and killed by her own son's foster children as she was making a holiday visit in Tennessee.

"We expect that the crime happened sometime between one and two (Tuesday) morning," said Dickson County Detective John Patterson.

But it wasn't until around 4 a.m. when police in White Bluff, a Nashville suburb, were called out to a home by the very two individuals who allegedly committed the brutal crime.

Gail Clark, who lives in Orange, Mass. was visiting her son when police say his 15 and 16 year-old foster children shot Gail and their mother, Mary execution style. Patterson says the two teens are cooperating with the investigation.

Late Tuesday, police charged the two with two counts of first degree murder. Police say it is not the first time they have been called out to the home. Neighbors who know the family say they were not violent.

"They seemed like nice people but I knew them and I hate (what happened)," said James Forrest.

Clark's grandson was visibly distraught when he arrived at the home to find out what happened to his mother and grandmother. He did not live at the home but is also being questioned by police.

Meanwhile the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking for the weapon and a motive.

CBS 3 Springfield contacted Gail Clark's family, who also lives in Orange, but they were too upset to talk on camera. The two teenage suspects will appear in a Tennessee Juvenile Court on Friday.

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