The Commercial Appeal

6 Mississipp­i shooting victims identified in Tate County, Miss.

- Micaela A Watts

The six victims who died in a mass shooting in Tate County, Mississipp­i, have been identified.

The victims were Chris Boyce, 60, siblings John Rorie, 59 and Charles Manuel, 76, George Mccain, 73, Lynda Mccain, 78, and Debra Crum, 60.

Ernie Lentz, the deputy coroner of Tate County, confirmed the identities of the victims with The Commercial Appeal Saturday.

Debra Crum was the ex-wife of shooting suspect Richard Dale Crum. George and Lynda Mccain were relatives of Richard Dale Crum.

Richard Dale Crum has been charged with first-degree murder and other charges are likely, the department said on Facebook. Crum is being held without bail in the county jail.

The shooting, which happened within the small unincorpor­ated town of Arkabutla, occurred during the day Friday.

The town has roughly 300 residents and is situated just south of Arkabutla Lake, a popular destinatio­n for fishing.

Residents told The Commercial Appeal the area has a small-town feel.

According to Shannon Brewer, a dispatcher for the Tate County Sheriff’s Department, the investigat­ion into the shooting is still ongoing. Federal and state agencies were on hand Friday, investigat­ing the initial aftermath of the shooting, which was spread out over three crime scenes in the Arkabutla area.

According to an Associated Press/ USA Today database, the incident is the first mass killing in the U.S. since Jan. 23. A mass killing is defined as one that leaves four or more people dead, not including the perpetrato­r. The rampage is among the deadliest shootings in Mississipp­i history.

Micaela Watts is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at micaela.watts@commercial­

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