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4 slayings in a 1-mile area of Florence

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Florence police have four unsolved murders on their hands and are looking for help. The slayings all happened in west Florence, and they all occurred within walking distance of each other.

The first unsolved murder happened back in 1994, when Chris Stanback, 16, was found beaten to death in a wooded area near the Carver Homes. But his killer isn't the only one on the loose. And each victim has a family that is left empty, not knowing who killed their loved one.

"Every case that is unsolved is active, it's not stored up in a box and forgotten," said Florence Police Investigator Suzanna Taylor.

The next unsolved murder happened in 2006 on White Street, where the body of David Jones was found beaten to death in an abandoned house.

"In any case we work on have to keep an open mind, and remain positive that something will surface eventually," said Florence Police Lt. Larry Martin.

In 2008, Jermaine Koger was killed on College Street. He was shot execution style, a day before he was supposed to testify in court.

"I don't feel like in anyway they are connected," Taylor said.

The most recent unsolved murder happened on Cherokee Street, where Terry Garrett was found shot to death.

"Right now we are waiting on forensics," said Martin. "We have to be patient."

"Some of these families around here are still hurting," said Christopher King, who lived in the area. "The dude that just died, he has sons. His baby mama's going crazy."

All four murders happened within a 4-mile radius. Investigators say the hardest part is getting people to talk.

Most of these cases have cash rewards for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with any information on the four slayings is asked to contact the Florence Police Department.

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