Vigil honors lives of 7 slain in Westmoreland killing spree


The community gathered Sunday night to remember the lives of seven people found murdered over the weekend in two separate homes in Westmoreland.

Dozens of people attended the service around 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

The bodies of four deceased individuals were found Saturday evening at a home in the 1100 block of Charles Brown Road, along with a fifth injured person who was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported.

Authorities were called a short time later to a second home in the 1500 block of Luby Brown Road, where another body was located.

That female victim had her car stolen, according to Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley.

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TBI forensic scientists located two additional bodies Sunday while processing the scene on Charles Brown Road.

The TBI identified Michael Cummins, 25, as the suspect in the killings.

During a search by multiple law enforcement agencies, the TBI said it used its aircraft and located Cummins in a creek bed, approximately one mile from the home on Charles Brown Road.

More than a dozen law enforcement officers from the county’s joint SWAT Team went to that location, where they encountered Cummins.

Authorities said Cummins pulled at least one weapon and was shot by a law enforcement officer.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, investigators said.

As of Monday morning, Cummins remained hospitalized.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family identified three of the people killed as Cummins’ mother, father and uncle. It also stated the victim critically injured was Cummins’ grandmother.

The district attorney said another victim was a 12-year-old child.

The bodies of the victims are being sent to Nashville for autopsy, investigators said.

A possible motive for the killing has not been released.

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