Motive Still Not Clear In Grand Rapids, Mi., Mass Murder


A few days ago, Rodrick Dantzler of Grand Rapids, Mi., took his wife and daughter to an amusement park. On Thursday, he took their lives and how own. None of this, including the killings of four others, a 10-year-old girl among them, makes any sense to his family other than this: Something in his mind went terribly wrong, reports the Grand Rapids Press. He apparently wasn't taking his medication for bi-polar disorder. Police said he had been using cocaine and alcohol and was out of character for a fitness fanatic who avoided smoke from cigarettes, his family said.

“These were no strangers – they were family members,” said a cousin. “He just couldn't possibly be in the right mind.” Police Capt. Jeffrey Hertel said investigators are still working to determine what motivated the deadliest killing spree in the city's history. Police have determined the handgun used in the killings was stolen from a home. As a felon, Dantzler could not legally possess a gun. A possible motive began to emerge when Dantzler's neighbors said his wife was planning to leave him this week or the next. They speculated it sparked the killings.

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