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Atlanta-area shooting victims include gunman's ex-wife

Atlanta-area shooting victims include gunman's ex-wife
Stuffed bears and flowers are seen Feb. 8 outside a home where officials say a murder-suicide occurred in Douglasville, Ga. (Erik S. Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency)

Law enforcement officials said Monday that child support and taxes were at the center of an argument that led up to a man killing his ex-wife and three others at an Atlanta-area home.

Cedric Prather, 33, used a .45 caliber handgun to shoot and kill his ex-wife, Latoya Andrews, and two children on Saturday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. Andrews' friend Joseph Brown, 33, also was killed, and two adolescents were critically wounded, officials said.

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Prather then shot himself and died at a local hospital, officials said.

Police received a call about the shooting at the Douglasville, Ga., home around 3 p.m. Saturday, said Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel.

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When police arrived, they found multiple fatalities, he said.

"It's a very tragic situation," Daniel said. "When you have children involved, it tugs at your heart. I've never seen anything like this in our county."

Douglasville has a population of 30,000 and is about 20 miles west of Atlanta.

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