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The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department has announced the Tuesday night arrest of three people who are suspects in a quadruple homicide earlier in the morning. Additionally, officials have released the names of those who were shot and killed.

Deputies responded to a report of a body being on a driveway of a large home in the New Summerfield Community, about 13 miles north of Rusk and about 100 miles northwest of Jasper. Deputies say they found three more bodies behind the home.

According to Sheriff Brent Dickson, the suspects are; Jesse Pawlowski, 20, Dylan Welch, 21, and Billy Phillips, 37, all of Jacksonville. Dickson says each man has been charged with Capital Murder.

Meanwhile, Dickson says the victims were; Jeff Gerla, 47, Amanda Bain, 39, Ami Hickey, 39, and John Clinton, 18.

The sheriff says that a car belonging to one of the victims was stolen by the suspects, and it was found unoccupied Tuesday night in Jacksonville. Dickson said the three suspects were later arrested overnight and the gun believed used in the murders was also recovered, along with three guns and clothing that had been stolen from the victims’ home.

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