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Gaffney serial killer has S.C. town on edge

GAFFNEY, S.C. — Motherless and feeling alone, Raymond Jennings found a home when Gena Parker, his football coach's wife, offered emotional support, cooked him meals and kept in touch with him after he went off to college.

Parker did the same for other players who needed a type of motherly support as they encountered life and her husband's grueling practices at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C.

On Sunday, Jennings and several hundred others packed First Baptist Church to mourn Parker, 50, and her mother, Hazel Linder, 83. Police say they're two of five recent victims of a serial killer stalking a community that's staying indoors and arming itself.

Police said Sunday more than a hundred law enforcement officials were running down leads but had made no arrests and announced no suspects, though they continued circulating a sketch of a white man in his 40s wearing a ball cap and said to be driving a Ford Explorer.

"We're working real hard to find a bad guy," said Gaffney Police Lt. David Clary.

The brazen killings started to attract national media attention over the weekend and were featured Sunday night on the "America's Most Wanted" Web site.

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