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The Murders of Raven & Mercedes: Jail Report Examines Motive of Killer Tarrez Booker

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   The Augusta felon who murdered two women and then killed himself as officers surrounded his hotel hideout in January was called gay online by his ex-girlfriend and mother of his newborn baby, according to a case file released last week.

   Tarrez Booker, 26, was enraged when he covered his face with a mask and barged into the home of the ex-girlfriend, Raven Tolbert, around dinner time Jan. 14 as a birthday party was about to start on Hammond Avenue. Crime scene photos show an unserved cake on the kitchen table.

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A crime scene photo shows the unserved cake insider the home where a birthday party turned into a bloodbath.

   The home was filled with six children – including his newborn baby –  and the atmosphere changed quickly from birthday to bloodbath.

A complete look inside the double murder-suicide, along with crime scene photos, is available in this week’s edition of The Jail Report, available in gas stations. Or download it at thejailreport.com.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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