Victims Identified, Person of Interest Named in Double Homicide

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "It is gruesome and this world is in bad shape," says Chief Keith Lewis of the Fairfield County Sheriff's Department.

Lewis says Monday morning a husband and wife were found dead in the front yard of their home on Highway 215.

"The victims were shot and it appears they were shot with a high-powered rifle," says Lewis.

The victims have since been identified as 71 year old Richard Mahorsky and 70 year old Ruth Marion Mahorsky.

Deputies say the person of interest in the case is the couple's son, 40 year old Matthew Mahorsky.

Lewis says Monday isn't the first time deputies were called to the home. He recalls an incident back in 2004.

"We have had one disturbance call here with the son," says Lewis

But Monday's call was much different. Lewis says after Ruth Marion Mahorsky didn't show up for work, her co-workers called police.

"A deputy came out when he pulled into the driveway he saw a body, laying in the yard," says Lewis

The killings, which reportedly happened Sunday evening, not to be discovered until Monday morning, have neighbors shocked.

"You're in shambles, everything is just cloudy, you don't know if you're going up or down. You don't know if you should lock the door, unlock the door," says Barry Spruell, who's lived across the street for 15 years.

Spruell says he learned of the killings after deputies told him.

"Shocking, devastated, destroyed, I was walking around here in tears, " says Lewis

Spruell says the couple was friendly.

"They were good people, hardworking, quiet, peaceful," says Spruell

Signs lining the driveway advertise some of that work, yard art is also evidence of the work the husband reportedly did after retiring. But also in the yard, a discovery that has many questions including, 'Why?'

Matthew Mahorsky, according to deputies is still a person of interest and has not been charged, but will remain behind bars tonight.

ABC Columbia will continue to follow this story bringing you updates as they become available.

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