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October 24, 2014, 5:21 am
970 WMAY News

Autopsy: Manchester Murder Victim Was Pregnant

An autopsy confirms that one of the five people shot to death in a home in the town of Manchester was pregnant when she was killed. 


23-year-old Brittney Luark was also the mother of the two boys who were fatally shot by a gunman who entered their home early Wednesday. In addition to Luark, 5-year-old Nolan Ralston and 1-year-old Brantley Ralston, the other victims were Luark’s boyfriend and the boys’ father, 29-year-old James Roy Ralston… and Luark’s grandmother, 67-year-old Jo Ann Sinclair. A six-year-old girl was also wounded in the attack at the home, and is now listed in serious condition at a Springfield hospital.


Investigators are still trying to determine the connection between the family and gunman Rick Smith, who was fatally shot during a gun battle with police.

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