August 29, 2014
SAMSON, Ala. (AP) - There have been more funerals in the tiny town of Samson, Alabama.
Two victims of last week's shooting rampage were buried Monday. Four more were buried Tuesday and another funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
In all, 10 people were gunned down by Michael McLendon. Investigators say he had been despondent over dashed dreams of becoming a Marine or police officer. The cross-county shooting ended when he took his own life.
More than 500 people filled the First Baptist Church of Samson Tuesday for services for four members of McLendon's own family. They were shot while sitting on their front porch.
One of the pastors prayed that Samson will be known as a "town of love" and compassion, rather than for the tragedy. Its people have already raised nearly $50,000 for victims' families. Local businesses helped with funeral needs.
The funeral procession passed along part of the same route the killer took, with local resident Bruce Maloy in hot pursuit. Maloy was the last person McLendon shot. He'll be buried Wednesday.
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