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posted: 3/3/2012 1:02 PM

3 family members killed in Mississippi

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Associated Press

PRENTISS, Miss. -- Authorities are investigating the killings of three family members in their rural southern Mississippi home.

The bodies of 80-year-old Arvin Smith, 74-year-old Maxine Smith and their 48-year-old son Roland Smith were discovered early Friday. Jefferson Davis County Chief Investigator John Wayne Tolar told The Hattiesburg American ( ) that some suspects are being interviewed.

Coroner Jim Slater said an autopsy late Friday confirmed that all three died from multiple gunshots.

Tolar said authorities are trying to determine a motive.

A cousin of Arvin Smith Sue Smith said that she called police from her home across the street after hearing gunshots and seeing muzzle flashes.

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