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Coroner identifies family as the victims in Riverwalk murder-suicide

The Miller Family (Source: Facebook) The Miller Family (Source: Facebook)

The Richland County Coroner's Office has released the identities of the four people killed in a murder-suicide on Forest Walk Court in Irmo.

Coroner Gary Watts says 38-year-old Sheddrick Miller, 28-year-old Kia Von Miller, 3-year-old Kyler Devane Miller, and 1-year-old Syrai Raquel Miller all died from gunshot wounds to the head.

"It appears that Mr. Miller shot his family members and then turned the gun on himself making this a murder-suicide," said Watts.

Watts says it is currently unknown when exactly the incident took place.

Deputies received a call about the incident at Forest Walk Court before noon Wednesday. Wilson said the male victim's mother came to the home and found the scene after not hearing from her son for several days.

Neighbors tell us the Millers were Jehovah's Witnesses and very involved in their religion. Sheddrick, a barber, was a small business owner.

On Thursday, crime scene tape at the Forest Walk Court home was replaced by a memorial to Kyler and Syrai -- two teddy bears on the front lawn and flowers.

The sign on the door at Miller's barbershop has said closed for several days, with customers saying they haven't seen Miller since last week. They're shocked that something like this could happen to what seemed to be a tight-knit family.

"Everybody's in awe, everybody's shocked, because he catered to a lot of people in the community," said customer Christopher O'Berry. "A lot of people around here went in there and got their hair cut, came and visited with him. He was a genuine character."

O'Berry says this incident is not in line with who Miller was -- a clean-cut guy always in suits.

"He was always talking about his religious beliefs and he seemed to be a well-rounded individual," said O'Berry.

Customers in the shop said Miller had talked about the family's recent trip to Disney World.  They also said Kyler was always in the barbershop with his father.

"All of us are waiting to hear what led to this," said O'Berry.

Sheriff's investigators continue to look into the circumstances leading up to the Miller's deaths.  The coroner's office, meanwhile, says they're still waiting on several toxicology reports.

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