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Ind. victims were couple, friends

WAYNESVILLE, Ind. — Authorities said Sunday that four people found shot to death in a southern Indiana home were a couple who lived there and two of their friends.

Daniel Burton, the 27-year-old son of the woman who was killed, arrived home from work Saturday night and found two of the victims dead in his Waynesville home, Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said.

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He said Burton called police, who found the other two victims, including Burton’s 53-year-old mother, Katheryn Burton.

‘‘We still have crime scene techs and criminal investigators at the scene and anticipate them being there for quite a length of time,’’ Gorbett said. ‘‘We are following up on all leads at this point and we have no one in custody at this time.’’

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Authorities identified the others who were killed as Katheryn Burton’s longtime boyfriend, 39-year-old Thomas Smith, who also lived at the home, and two 41-year-old Columbus men, Aaron Cross and Shawn Burton. The coroner said the Columbus men were friends of the couple, but were not related to them.

Associated Press

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