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10/28/02

Neighbors React to Effingham County Murders

The search for answers continues in Effingham County after last week's triple homicide. A father and his two children were found shot to death outside their home and the killer is still on the loose. There have been all kinds of rumors flying around among neighbors, and with police not releasing any information, many are scared that it could happen to them.

"I had the doors locked, the alarm set, the gun loaded and the door with a chair pressed up against it," said one resident who didn't want her identity revealed. "Which was really a fear factor, but it just took me a while to start praying to realize that I didn't need to live like that, but it's just the reality of something like this happening in Effingham County."

Nobody here knows how or why David Cribbs, Sr., and his two children were murdered. Some say 28-year-old David Cribbs, Jr.'s checkered past with drugs eventually caught up with him. Others say it may have been work-related. Cribbs, Sr., owned a repossession business and he could've angered someone when he took their car.

At the Time Saver convenience store, the murders are the only thing people are talking about.

"He was one of our regular customers as a matter of fact and everybody's just in awe about it," said cashier Shandelah Wilson. "They don't know what to say or how to react to it."

While police officials keep the Cribbs residence taped off for further investigation, residents remain confident they will find the murderer who turned this county upside down.

"I think it was an unnecessary act of violence, one that our community doesn't need," said Wilson.

The bodies of the three victims have just been returned by the crime lab in Atlanta, so now the Cribbs' family can finally make funeral arrangements for their loved ones.

If you have any information about this homicide, you are encouraged to call the Effingham County Sheriff's Department or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen

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