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Man arrested, 5 dead in Terrell murder spree

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TERRELL, Texas -

Police have arrested a man for the murders of five people in Terrell, east of Dallas.

The suspect, 36-year-old Charles Everett Brownlow Jr., has been charged with one count of capital murder and one count of evading arrest. More charges are expected in the coming days.

According to the Terrell Police Department, it all began with the discovery of a female victim Monday around 5 p.m. Brownlow allegedly shot his aunt, 55-year-old Belinda Walker in the head in the 400 block of Tyler Street.

A short time later at 5:30 p.m., investigators found the body of his mother, 61-year-old Mary Brownlow inside her home that was burning in the 300 block of Stallings Street. That fire was clearly arson, police said.

Police said Brownlow lived at that home with his mother. They began to suspect him after they noticed he was missing with a white Ford Focus.

That car was spotted next in the 800 block of N. Francis Street. Shots were fired at that location, but no one was hurt and Brownlow got away.

Then around 10:30 p.m., police found Kelly Sluter and Jason Wooden, two of Brownlow's high school friends, dead inside another home in the 800 block of Eulalia Drive. Their 3-year-old child was at home at the time, but was unharmed.

Officers finally caught up with Brownlow at Ali's Market on W. Moore Avenue. But, they were too late to save a store clerk who was shot to death during an apparent robbery.

Police chased the suspect as he was leaving the store. The high speed pursuit turned into a manhunt through the woods after he reached a dead end on College Mound Road.

Brownlow was found hiding in a creek not far from his home on Stallings Street at about 1 a.m. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive for the murders. Brownlow knew all of his victims except for 22-year-old Luis Leal, the clerk at Ali's Market.

The store's owner, Ali Karimi, said he was a model employee and "beautiful young man" who leaves behind a 1-year-old son.

Terrell's Police Chief Jody Lay said the case has been difficult for the community. Everyone in his small department is involved and help has been requested from the sheriff's department and the Texas Rangers.

We're all in a state of shock," Lay said. "You have a tendency to think, `How can that happen here?' This is a country community, a rural community, people are real close. This is going to be, it's going to have a really big impact on us."

Brownlow does have a criminal history dating back to 1996.

Terrence Walker told the Associated Press that his brother struggled with addition and "always wanted to take something that wasn't his." He said their mother, Mary Brownlow, always put up with it.

"I was hoping my mom would open her eyes and realize that she needed to let him grow up, put him out," said Walker.

Walker said his own family spent the night at a hotel instead of their home in Forney, and that he was armed with a pistol in case his brother came after him.

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