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  • Hearing in Upatoi triple murder rescheduled to May 5

    Hearing in Upatoi triple murder rescheduled to May 5

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 9:45 PM EDT2017-04-26 01:45:13 GMT
    Jervarceay Tapley, 17, Raheam Gibson, 19, and Rufus Burks, 15,. (Source: WTVM)Jervarceay Tapley, 17, Raheam Gibson, 19, and Rufus Burks, 15,. (Source: WTVM)

    The murder hearing has been rescheduled for three suspects who are accused of brutally killing three members of an Upatoi family in January 2016.

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    The murder hearing has been rescheduled for three suspects who are accused of brutally killing three members of an Upatoi family in January 2016.

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  • Remembering the Upatoi murder victims a year later

    Remembering the Upatoi murder victims a year later

    Monday, April 17 2017 10:48 AM EDT2017-04-17 14:48:09 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It has been a year since three members of an Upatoi family were brutally murdered inside a home. On Jan 4, 2016, the three suspects are accused of breaking into Gloria Short’s home on Bentley Drive and killing her, her son Caleb Short and her granddaughter Gianna Lindsey. 

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    It has been a year since three members of an Upatoi family were brutally murdered inside a home. On Jan 4, 2016, the three suspects are accused of breaking into Gloria Short’s home on Bentley Drive and killing her, her son Caleb Short and her granddaughter Gianna Lindsey. 

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  • Tree dedicated at Ridgecrest Elementary in memory of Upatoi murder victim

    Tree dedicated at Ridgecrest Elementary in memory of Upatoi murder victim

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 10:50 PM EDT2016-04-27 02:50:19 GMT
    Thursday, November 17 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-11-17 20:21:27 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Nearly four months after the Upatoi triple murder, Ridgecrest Elementary made sure the memory of the youngest victim will live on.   

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    Nearly four months after the Upatoi triple murder, Ridgecrest Elementary made sure the memory of the youngest victim will live on.   

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  • Shaw High School reflects on slain student’s life

    Shaw High School reflects on slain student’s life

    Friday, January 8 2016 11:11 PM EST2016-01-09 04:11:51 GMT
    Thursday, November 17 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-11-17 20:21:23 GMT

    Monday morning's brutal triple homicide has left Upatoi in a state of disarray. Gloria and Caleb Short along with Giane Lindsey were found by Gloria's husband killed due to blunt force trauma. On Friday, Shaw High School reflected on the life of one of their classmates. 

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    Monday morning's brutal triple homicide has left Upatoi in a state of disarray. Gloria and Caleb Short along with Giane Lindsey were found by Gloria's husband killed due to blunt force trauma. On Friday, Shaw High School reflected on the life of one of their classmates. 

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  • Ft. Mitchell church hosts vigil for recent homicide victims

    Ft. Mitchell church hosts vigil for recent homicide victims

    Wednesday, January 6 2016 11:31 PM EST2016-01-07 04:31:59 GMT
    Thursday, November 17 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-11-17 20:21:22 GMT
    Following a double and triple homicide in the Valley in back-to-back days this week, people came together Wednesday night to pray for the families affected.   More >>

    Following a double and triple homicide in the Valley in back-to-back days this week, people came together Wednesday night to pray for the families affected.  

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  • Police working overnight to investigate triple homicide in Upatoi

    Police working overnight to investigate triple homicide in Upatoi

    Monday, January 4 2016 11:41 PM EST2016-01-05 04:41:49 GMT
    Thursday, November 17 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-11-17 20:21:22 GMT

    Columbus police are working to capture the suspect or suspects who killed three generations of an Upatoi, GA family on Monday.                   Investigators with the Columbus Police Department have not released additional information about the city’s first triple homicide investigation in years. However, we do know officers worked overtime on Monday night to solve the crime. 

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    Columbus police are working to capture the suspect or suspects who killed three generations of an Upatoi, GA family on Monday.                   Investigators with the Columbus Police Department have not released additional information about the city’s first triple homicide investigation in years. However, we do know officers worked overtime on Monday night to solve the crime. 

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  • Who are the suspects arrested in the Upatoi triple murder?

    Who are the suspects arrested in the Upatoi triple murder?

    Thursday, January 14 2016 9:56 AM EST2016-01-14 14:56:19 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 9:57 PM EST2016-01-15 02:57:04 GMT
    (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)(Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)

    Raheam Gibson and Jervarceay Tapley have been charged in the Upatoi murders of Gloria Short, Caleb Short, and Gianna Lindsey. We are digging deeper and learning more about the two teens accused in the triple murders.

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    Raheam Gibson and Jervarceay Tapley have been charged in the Upatoi murders of Gloria Short, Caleb Short, and Gianna Lindsey. We are digging deeper and learning more about the two teens accused in the triple murders.

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  • Upatoi investigation in the hands of district attorney

    Upatoi investigation in the hands of district attorney

    Thursday, January 5 2017 9:52 PM EST2017-01-06 02:52:24 GMT
    (Source: family)(Source: family)

    Columbus Police are sharing more details about the investigation of the tragic and brutal deaths of three family members in Upatoi one year ago.     ...

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    Columbus Police are sharing more details about the investigation of the tragic and brutal deaths of three family members in Upatoi one year ago.     ...

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  • Suspects in Upatoi triple murder given nearly $1M bond each at Friday hearing

    Suspects in Upatoi triple murder given nearly $1M bond each at Friday hearing

    Friday, May 20 2016 6:23 PM EDT2016-05-20 22:23:18 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A motion for a bond hearing was held on Friday for the three suspects accused of beating three family members to death in Upatoi. 

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    A motion for a bond hearing was held on Friday for the three suspects accused of beating three family members to death in Upatoi. 

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  • Family members speak after recent Upatoi murder arrest

    Family members speak after recent Upatoi murder arrest

    Thursday, February 4 2016 11:47 PM EST2016-02-05 04:47:15 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 11:58 AM EST2016-02-05 16:58:09 GMT
    It's been one month to the day since Gloria Short, her son Caleb Short, and her granddaughter Gianna Lindsey were killed in their Upatoi home. Now police have arrested a third and final suspect in the murders.  More >>

    It's been one month to the day since Gloria Short, her son Caleb Short, and her granddaughter Gianna Lindsey were killed in their Upatoi home. Now police have arrested a third and final suspect in the murders. 

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  • Community reacts to Upatoi murder arrests

    Community reacts to Upatoi murder arrests

    Wednesday, January 13 2016 11:30 PM EST2016-01-14 04:30:23 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 11:57 AM EST2016-01-14 16:57:05 GMT
    The investigation into the three Upatoi murders is nowhere near over, but more than a week after the brutal deaths of Gloria Short, her 17-year-old son Caleb Short, and her 10-year-old granddaughter Gianna Lindsey, there is some closure for family members. More >>

    The investigation into the three Upatoi murders is nowhere near over, but more than a week after the brutal deaths of Gloria Short, her 17-year-old son Caleb Short, and her 10-year-old granddaughter Gianna Lindsey, there is some closure for family members.

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  • Report: Name released of 15-year-old suspect in Upatoi murder

    Report: Name released of 15-year-old suspect in Upatoi murder

    Friday, February 5 2016 9:19 AM EST2016-02-05 14:19:48 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 10:57 AM EST2016-02-05 15:57:57 GMT
    Rufus Burks will be charged as an adult in the murders from Jan. 4. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)Rufus Burks will be charged as an adult in the murders from Jan. 4. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

    The name of the third suspect arrested in the Jan. 4 murder of three people in a Upatoi, GA home has been released. 

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    The name of the third suspect arrested in the Jan. 4 murder of three people in a Upatoi, GA home has been released. 

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  • Upatoi triple murder suspects both pled not guilty; denied bond

    Upatoi triple murder suspects both pled not guilty; denied bond

    Friday, January 15 2016 10:22 AM EST2016-01-15 15:22:18 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 10:22 PM EST2016-01-16 03:22:04 GMT
    Mugshots of the two suspects charged in the triple murder in Upatoi. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)Mugshots of the two suspects charged in the triple murder in Upatoi. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

    The two suspects charged in the triple murder of three people, including a 17-year-old and an 11-year-old, made their first appearance in recorder's court on Friday. 

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    The two suspects charged in the triple murder of three people, including a 17-year-old and an 11-year-old, made their first appearance in recorder's court on Friday. 

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  • Memorial honors Upatoi triple murder victims 1 year later

    Memorial honors Upatoi triple murder victims 1 year later

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-01-05 04:41:32 GMT
    (Source: Jose Zozaya / WTVM)(Source: Jose Zozaya / WTVM)

    It's been one year since three members of a Upatoi family were brutally murdered. Family and loved ones gathered by the victims' gravesides on Wednesday to remember them. 

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    It's been one year since three members of a Upatoi family were brutally murdered. Family and loved ones gathered by the victims' gravesides on Wednesday to remember them. 

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  • Grand Jury returns indictment for Upatoi triple murder suspects

    Grand Jury returns indictment for Upatoi triple murder suspects

    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:50 GMT
    (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff"s Office)(Source: Muscogee County Sheriff"s Office)

    On Tuesday afternoon, a grand jury returned an indictment for three suspects in a high-profile crime in the Columbus area earlier this year. Raheem Gibson, Jervarceay Tapley and Rufus Burks are accused of breaking into Gloria Short's Upatoi home on Jan. 4, killing her, her son Caleb Short and her 11-year-old granddaughter Gianna Lindsey. 

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    On Tuesday afternoon, a grand jury returned an indictment for three suspects in a high-profile crime in the Columbus area earlier this year. Raheem Gibson, Jervarceay Tapley and Rufus Burks are accused of breaking into Gloria Short's Upatoi home on Jan. 4, killing her, her son Caleb Short and her 11-year-old granddaughter Gianna Lindsey. 

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  • Family responds after suspects plead not guilty in Upatoi triple murder

    Family responds after suspects plead not guilty in Upatoi triple murder

    Monday, February 8 2016 6:42 PM EST2016-02-08 23:42:31 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:43 GMT
    On Monday afternoon the third and final suspect charged for January's triple murder in Upatoi, GA appeared in court, pleading not guilty to all charges including three counts of murder.  More >>

    On Monday afternoon the third and final suspect charged for January's triple murder in Upatoi, GA appeared in court, pleading not guilty to all charges including three counts of murder. 

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  • Blood evidence found in triple murder suspect’s home

    Blood evidence found in triple murder suspect’s home

    Friday, January 15 2016 6:36 PM EST2016-01-15 23:36:45 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:42 GMT
    Not guilty is how two Columbus suspects charged with three counts of murder pleaded Friday afternoon in court. Jervarceay Tapley, 17, and 19-year-old Raheam Gibson are charged in the deaths of Gloria Short, 54, Caleb Short, 17, and Gianna Lindsey, 11. More >>

    Not guilty is how two Columbus suspects charged with three counts of murder pleaded Friday afternoon in court. Jervarceay Tapley, 17, and 19-year-old Raheam Gibson are charged in the deaths of Gloria Short, 54, Caleb Short, 17, and Gianna Lindsey, 11.

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  • Family wants community to forgive triple murder suspects

    Family wants community to forgive triple murder suspects

    Wednesday, January 13 2016 11:01 PM EST2016-01-14 04:01:56 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:42 GMT

    A Columbus family learned Tuesday evening the person arrested for murdering three of their loved ones was someone they knew. 

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    A Columbus family learned Tuesday evening the person arrested for murdering three of their loved ones was someone they knew. 

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  • Mayor: 'Justice will be provided' for 3 Upatoi homicide victims

    Mayor: 'Justice will be provided' for 3 Upatoi homicide victims

    Monday, January 11 2016 6:38 PM EST2016-01-11 23:38:58 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:42 GMT

    Three members of one Columbus family, brutally beaten to death last week inside of their Upatoi home, were all laid to rest today. More than 1,000 people were in attendance.

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    Three members of one Columbus family, brutally beaten to death last week inside of their Upatoi home, were all laid to rest today. More than 1,000 people were in attendance including Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson who says she was close to some of the family. “Shameika Averrett who lost her mother, her brother and her

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  • Family offers reward for suspects in triple homicide

    Family offers reward for suspects in triple homicide

    Thursday, January 7 2016 8:35 PM EST2016-01-08 01:35:49 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:42 GMT

    A Columbus family is asking the community to help them find the person responsible for murdering three of their loved ones. The family of 54-year-old Gloria Short, 17-year-old Caleb Short, and 11-year-old Giane Lyndsie is offering a reward to anyone who finds the suspects responsible for brutally beating three of their family members to death Monday morning inside of their Upatoi, GA home. 

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    A Columbus family is asking the community to help them find the person responsible for murdering three of their loved ones. The family of 54-year-old Gloria Short, 17-year-old Caleb Short, and 11-year-old Giane Lyndsie is offering a reward to anyone who finds the suspects responsible for brutally beating three of their family members to death Monday morning inside of their Upatoi, GA home. 

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  • Neighbors host prayer vigil for triple homicide victims in Upatoi

    Neighbors host prayer vigil for triple homicide victims in Upatoi

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 2:56 PM EST2016-01-05 19:56:05 GMT
    Monday, January 2 2017 9:02 AM EST2017-01-02 14:02:42 GMT

    In remembrance of the three victims who were violently murdered in their home on Bentley drive, neighbors are holding a prayer vigil at 3064 Bentley Drive

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    In remembrance of the three victims who were violently murdered in their home on Bentley drive, neighbors are holding a prayer vigil at 3064 Bentley Drive at 630pm Tuesday in Columbus. 

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  • 1 of 3 suspects in Upatoi triple murder waives Friday court appearance

    1 of 3 suspects in Upatoi triple murder waives Friday court appearance

    Friday, August 19 2016 9:31 AM EDT2016-08-19 13:31:01 GMT

    The youngest suspect in a brutal triple murder will be in court in Columbus on Friday.

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    The youngest suspect in a brutal triple murder will be in court in Columbus on Friday.

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  • Upatoi suspects accused of beating family to death faces bond hearing Friday

    Upatoi suspects accused of beating family to death faces bond hearing Friday

    Wednesday, May 18 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-05-18 17:25:20 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A motion for a bond hearing is scheduled for three young men accused of beating three family members to death in Upatoi. The hearing is set for Friday morning for 15-year-old Rufus Burkes, 17-year-old Javarceay Tapley and 19-year-old Raheam Gibson.

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    A motion for a bond hearing is scheduled for three young men accused of beating three family members to death in Upatoi. The hearing is set for Friday morning for 15-year-old Rufus Burkes, 17-year-old Javarceay Tapley and 19-year-old Raheam Gibson.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Tragedy and Honor - Remembering the Upatoi murder victims

    Tragedy and Honor - Remembering the Upatoi murder victims

    Friday, April 22 2016 10:37 AM EDT2016-04-22 14:37:13 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 11:00 AM EDT2016-04-29 15:00:12 GMT

    A grandmother, granddaughter and son...brutally murdered. You’ve heard about the crime. Now hear about the lives lost as family members talk exclusively to Barbara Gauthier. The pain and grief of unbelievable loss is palpable as this family clings together and tries to honor their loved ones. 

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    A grandmother, granddaughter and son...brutally murdered. You’ve heard about the crime. Now hear about the lives lost as family members talk exclusively to Barbara Gauthier. The pain and grief of unbelievable loss is palpable as this family clings together and tries to honor their loved ones. 

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  • Third arrest made in triple Upatoi murder case

    Third arrest made in triple Upatoi murder case

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 8:47 PM EST2016-02-04 01:47:03 GMT
    Thursday, February 4 2016 8:56 AM EST2016-02-04 13:56:00 GMT

    Columbus police have confirmed a third suspect has been arrested in connection to the triple homicide that occurred in Upatoi, GA last month.  Columbus police say the third suspect is a 15-year-old black male. 

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    Columbus police have confirmed a third suspect has been arrested in connection to the triple homicide that occurred in Upatoi, GA last month.  Columbus police say the third suspect is a 15-year-old black male. 

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  • School establishes scholarship in honor of slain Upatoi girl

    School establishes scholarship in honor of slain Upatoi girl

    Friday, January 15 2016 11:29 PM EST2016-01-16 04:29:31 GMT
    Saturday, January 16 2016 11:39 AM EST2016-01-16 16:39:08 GMT

    The school where one of the Upatoi murder victims attended is making sure 11-year old Gianna Lindsey's memory will live on. 

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    The school where one of the Upatoi murder victims attended is making sure 11-year old Gianna Lindsey's memory will live on. 

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  • BREAKING

    UPDATE: 2 suspects, including family acquaintance, arrested in GA triple murder investigation

    UPDATE: 2 suspects, including family acquaintance, arrested in GA triple murder investigation

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 9:11 PM EST2016-01-13 02:11:25 GMT
    Wednesday, January 13 2016 7:52 PM EST2016-01-14 00:52:51 GMT

    Columbus Police confirm two arrests have been made in the Jan. 4 triple homicide in Upatoi, GA. During a press conference held by Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren on Wednesday, this crime was "directed at that house" where three family members were brutally killed.

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    Columbus Police confirm two arrests have been made in the Jan. 4 triple homicide in Upatoi, GA. During a press conference held by Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren on Wednesday, this crime was "directed at that house" where three family members were brutally killed.

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  • BREAKING

    Death of 3 in Upatoi under investigation by CPD

    Death of 3 in Upatoi under investigation by CPD

    Monday, January 4 2016 9:46 AM EST2016-01-04 14:46:03 GMT
    Wednesday, January 6 2016 5:01 PM EST2016-01-06 22:01:08 GMT
    (Source: Emilie Arroyo/WTVM)(Source: Emilie Arroyo/WTVM)

    Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirms that his office is investigating three homicides at a home in Columbus early Monday. 

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    Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirms that his office is investigating three homicides at a home in Columbus early Monday. 

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