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Identities of Brunswick murder victims released

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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) - The identities of eight people killed at a mobile home in Glynn County have been released by police.

Seven people were found dead inside a home at New Hope Plantation Saturday and two critically injured.

See New information on the 7 killed in Brunswick.


Monday, police released the 911 call of a frantic 22-year-old Guy Heinze Jr. who says he found his family dead in the home Saturday morning.

See 911 call released in Brunswick murders.

"I just got home and my whole family is dead," he tells the 911 operator. He says he came home Saturday morning and said it looks like the victims were beaten to death.

In the call, Heinze Jr. said his father, uncle and cousins were among the dead and said the home, "looks like a murder scene."

Glynn County police have identified the seven victims as 44-year-old Russell D. Toler Sr., 29-year-old Russell D. Toler Jr., 22-year-old Chrissy Toler, 15-year-old Michelle Toler, 40-year-old Brenda Gail Falagan, 46-year-old Guy Heinze Sr. and 31-year-old Joseph West.

One of the injured, 19-year-old Michael Toler, died Sunday at Memorial University Medical Center, making him the eighth victim. A ninth person who has not yet been identified is still in the hospital in critical condition.

In a statement, Glynn County Schools say 15-year-old Michelle Toler was an eighth-grade Needwood Middle School.

The school system says 19-year-old Michael Toler went to Brunswick High School and 22-year-old Chrissy Toler was also a student at Brunswick High School as well as Glynn Academy and the Risley Learning Center.

School counselors have been available in all the area schools to help students and staff. 

"Our deepest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends.  Michelle Toler's classmates describe her as a person who was always smiling and if they were down about anything, she would try to pick them up and raise their spirits," said district spokesman Jim Weidhaas in a statement. 

In a news conference Monday, Glynn County police chief Matt Doering said several agencies have joined in the investigation including the FBI, the GBI and the US Marshals.

Police: "This is a very difficult investigation"

Heinz Jr. is still in police custody. He was arrested for possession of painkillers, marijuana, tampering with evidence and other charges. Police but are not calling him a suspect in the murders.

See Police hold 911 caller in Brunswick slayings.

The autopsies of the victims is expected to be completed Tuesday but police have said they are not planning to release the cause of death for the victims.

There is a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. The owners of the New Hope Plantation are also offering a $10,000 reward.

If you know anything about the murders, call the silent witness line at 912.264.1333.

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