Childhood friend says he didn’t consider suspect in slayings to be violent


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Steve Furkin, the next-door neighbor to the home where four were slain last month, spoke Tuesday June 18, 2013 of life in the small town in the past few weeks, and of his own observations and experiences in Waynesville, Ind. This was the day after authorities named a lone suspect, already in jail, in a quadruple slaying there last month. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)


A modest bouquet appeared, at the corner a block away from the slayings, in the days after the shooting. The display has since been maintained and was visible still, June 18, 2013, the day after authorities named a lone suspect, already in jail, in a quadruple slaying there last month. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)


WAYNESVILLE

If local residents felt relief in knowing that a prime suspect in last month’s quadruple homicides was behind bars, it wasn’t evident Tuesday.

After knocking on door upon door along the four main streets of the unincorporated town of 950 residents, only four were willing to talk about the case. While voices and televisions could be heard inside a number of homes, there were far more doors that went unopened in this community 15 miles north of Seymour off State Road 11.

One resident who did talk said he had been warned by Shawn Burton, his stepbrother and one of the four victims, to expect “something bad to come down.”

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