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Fla. couple who adopted 12 children found slain





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By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Writer Melissa Nelson, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 48 mins ago



PENSACOLA, Fla. – Investigators asked the public to be on the lookout Friday for a red van they believe carried three men involved in the deaths of a Florida Panhandle couple who were shot in their rural home while eight of their children slept.
Surveillance cameras showed the van at the home of Byrd and Melanie Billings in Beulah, a rural area west of Pensacola near the Alabama border, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. The children were unharmed.
The sheriff's office released an enhanced but still grainy photograph of a red, 15-passenger van dating to the late 70s or early 80s.
Morgan said investigators did not know who killed the wealthy couple known for adopting children with developmental disabilities, many born to drug-addicted mothers.
Investigators are also awaiting autopsy results on the couple to learn more about the killings, he added.
Morgan said eight of the children, ages 8 to 14, were in the home when the couple was killed Thursday evening. A woman who lives in an outlying building and helps care for the children called emergency dispatchers from the home.
Deputies had to wake some of the children after they arrived, authorities said.
Investigators interviewed the children, who are now staying with other family members, Morgan said.
The Billings had 16 children, 12 of them adopted. They married 18 years ago and each had two children from previous marriages. The couple then began adopting children with developmental disabilities and other problems.
The couple owned several local businesses, including a finance company and a used car dealership.
In a 2005 story in the Pensacola News Journal, the couple said they wanted to share their wealth with children in need, but didn't imagine their family would grow so large.
"It just happened," Melanie Byrd told the newspaper. "I just wanted to give them a better life."
 

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That is seriously fucked up, I hope they catch and crucify those assholes.
 

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Wonder if you'd be saying something stupid like that if it were your parents.
Well if thats the deal, obviously. I am just looking at it from another angle, why would someone pull up in a 15 passenger fullsize van and shoot two "innocent loving parents". Unless it was 2 crackheads doing a robbery it fits but anything else and they would need motive.
 

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Well if thats the deal, obviously. I am just looking at it from another angle, why would someone pull up in a 15 passenger fullsize van and shoot two "innocent loving parents". Unless it was 2 crackheads doing a robbery it fits but anything else and they would need motive.
They adopted kids that were from scumbag crackhead parents. They were also "wealthy". I'd start there.
 

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This is so phucked up it isn't funny. This really pisses me off. Crack heads or not, they have no right to take other peoples lives and parents at that. These people NEED to be dealt with in a manner that fits the crime. Phuck these idiots and people that act like them!!!:smt093:smt093
 

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why would someone pull up in a 15 passenger fullsize van and shoot two "innocent loving parents".
In a 2005 story in the Pensacola News Journal, the couple said they wanted to share their wealth with children in need, but didn't imagine their family would grow so large.
"It just happened," Melanie Byrd told the newspaper. "I just wanted to give them a better life
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090710/ap_on_re_us/us_florida_couple_slain


Fla. couple who adopted 12 children found slain






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By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Writer Melissa Nelson, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 48 mins ago



PENSACOLA, Fla. – Investigators asked the public to be on the lookout Friday for a red van they believe carried three men involved in the deaths of a Florida Panhandle couple who were shot in their rural home while eight of their children slept.
Surveillance cameras showed the van at the home of Byrd and Melanie Billings in Beulah, a rural area west of Pensacola near the Alabama border, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. The children were unharmed.
The sheriff's office released an enhanced but still grainy photograph of a red, 15-passenger van dating to the late 70s or early 80s.
Morgan said investigators did not know who killed the wealthy couple known for adopting children with developmental disabilities, many born to drug-addicted mothers.
Investigators are also awaiting autopsy results on the couple to learn more about the killings, he added.
Morgan said eight of the children, ages 8 to 14, were in the home when the couple was killed Thursday evening. A woman who lives in an outlying building and helps care for the children called emergency dispatchers from the home.
Deputies had to wake some of the children after they arrived, authorities said.
Investigators interviewed the children, who are now staying with other family members, Morgan said.
The Billings had 16 children, 12 of them adopted. They married 18 years ago and each had two children from previous marriages. The couple then began adopting children with developmental disabilities and other problems.
The couple owned several local businesses, including a finance company and a used car dealership.
In a 2005 story in the Pensacola News Journal, the couple said they wanted to share their wealth with children in need, but didn't imagine their family would grow so large.
"It just happened," Melanie Byrd told the newspaper. "I just wanted to give them a better life."

im gonna assume that they adopted a child that belonged to a drug addict

this drug addict found out and killed the adopting parents
 

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Just kidding!
May be their dog barked too much? Or they looked at somebody funny at WalMart?
Y'know this kind of thing would never happen in Australia.
 

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You people are talking about Florida right. This should be no supprise to people who live in this state. Look into the states history of obscene violence. Husbands coming home to find out their entire family has been murdered from infants to grandmothers. Elderly beaten to death with a cruel forms of weapons. Children abducted and found dead and mutilated. Theese are not isolated incidents but incidents that happen over and over through out the years in this state. There are neighborhoods in FL that marked patrol cars have not been in for 15 years because it is a death warrent for the officer's driving the patrol car.
 
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