More information on man who killed his children and a decorated soldier at a Sumter home

More information on man who killed three kids and another adult at Sumter area home.
More information on man who killed three kids and another adult at Sumter area home.(MGN)
Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 11:23 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – WIS has obtained more information about the man who killed two of his own children, his young stepdaughter, and a decorated soldier on Tuesday in Sumter.

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42-year-old Charles Edward Slacks Jr., a military veteran, shot and killed 5-year-old Aayden Holliday-Slacks, 6-year-old Aason Holliday-Slacks, and 11-year-old Ava Holliday at a home he co-owned with his ex-wife on Whitetail Circle, according to Sumter Police.

He also shot 38-year-old Sgt. Maj. Carlos Evans.

Slacks took his own life after killing the children and Evans, police say.

According to an Army spokesman, Slacks served in the regular Army as a Track Vehicle Mechanic from June 1999 to July 2006. Slacks was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from January 2003 to August 2003 and from January 2005 to January 2006.

Slacks held the rank of staff sergeant at the end of his service, according to an Army spokesman.

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Slacks had 8 non-consecutive years of service with the Department of the Army Civilian and previously served at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Fort Bliss, Texas.

He began at the U.S. Army Central as a civilian employee less than a month before the killings.

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