5 victims of deadly rampage stabbed, 1 beaten - WKRN News 2

5 victims of deadly rampage stabbed, 1 beaten

Jacob Shaffer Jacob Shaffer

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - The five Tennessee victims of a deadly rampage over the weekend were fatally stabbed while a sixth victim in Alabama was beaten to death, authorities said Monday.

Dr. Amy McMaster of the Tennessee medical examiner's office said all the victims found Saturday in two homes in Fayetteville, Lincoln County had multiple stab wounds.

Authorities have charged 30-year-old Jacob Shaffer in the deaths and say the motive was "domestic."

Shaffer's estranged wife, Traci, her son and friend of his, both 16 years old, were found in one house.

The bodies of Traci Shaffer's brother and father were found in a home across the street.

A sixth body was found about 30 miles south at a business in Huntsville, Alabama.

Huntsville police said the victim, 50-year-old Sidney Wade Dempsey, died of blunt-force trauma and was the first of the six to be killed.

He worked at Hall Cultured Marble Granite and was an acquaintance of Jacob Shaffer, authorities said.

McMaster said the type of weapon used in the stabbing was not known.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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