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ANALYSIS: MASS KILLINGS
Durm: Society has no ‘frustration tolerance'
By Karen Middleton
Why do we increasingly hear about people settling domestic disputes or economic disappointments with firearms?
In the wake of the slayings Tuesday of four family members in
Lauderdale County by the estranged husband of one of the victims, a local psychology professor says society is “losing its ability for frustration tolerance.”
Mark Durm, an Athens State University instructor, said because of early childhood training, when
adults don’t get what they want they react with “knee-jerk hostility”
While Durm said there are “undoubtedly many other variables” when someone goes on a killing
See Analysis, page 3A
‘We’ll have an angel in the outfield’Murders stun tiny community
NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK
NEWS COURIER/IVAREN MIUULLIUN
The brick foundation was all that remained after a fire destroyed Kevin Garner's home off Old Somerville Road in Priceville. At first, firefighters and law enforcement personnel thought Garner's remains were inside, but a body was spotted in a wooded area 200 yards south of the home. Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard said the body had been sent to the state forensic lab for an autopsy, but said he had no reason to believe the body was not that of Garner.
Law-enforcement officers survey the scene where a man fatally shot his estranged wife, his daughter, his sister and his nephew early Tuesday morning in Greenhill, about 35 miles west of Athens in Lauderdale County. It is the eighth mass shooting nationwide and the third mass killing in Alabama in the last month, according to the Associated Press.
Before the sun began to set Tuesday, Chelsie Garner's teammates tied her softball cleats and batting helmet to the top railing of the bleachers at Rogers High School in her memory. Blue balloons lifted skyward and a pink ribbon bore the words "In Loving Memory, Chelsie Garner #21, RHS Softball.'
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Days from prom, Greenhill teen finds girlfriend, her family slain by girl’s dad
NEWS COURIER/KELLY KAZEK
Members of the Rogers High School softball team, on which Chelsie Garner played outfield, gathered on the field late Tuesday to honor her memory. Brooke Dickey, Laken Owen, Kayla Benefield, Haley Miller, Haley Iron, Hope Kirk, Chasity Baker, Ashley Stovall Taylor Connelly, Caroline Skillern, Katie Kirk and Brianna Scott joined head coach Kim Green and assistant coaches Jessica Green and Kerry Childress at the impromptu memorial service.
By Jean Cole jean f athensnews-courier.com GREENHILL - Three days from now, with corsage in hand, the boy across the street planned to walk up to 16-year-old Chelsie Garner’s front porch to escort her to the Rogers High School prom.
Instead, he walked up to her front porch about 8:25 a.m. Tuesday morning to see why she failed to answer her telephone and found only death.
Inside the white, country home with a front-porch swing and a mighty oak in the yard in Greenhill, an unincorporated town 35 miles from Athens, lay the bodies of Chelsie; her 40-year-old mother, Tammy Morgan Garner; her visit-
Kevin Garner Rogers High teens
circulated this photo in memory of Chelsie Gamer
ing aunt, Karen Beaty of Illinois; and Beaty’s 11-year-old son.
The four had been shot with a handgun around midnight Tuesday at Tammy Garner’s home at 7195 County Road 73, about 35 miles
See Murders, page 3A