Originally created 02/09/02

Slaying victims mourned



AIKEN - On Friday, friends and co-workers remembered the DuBoses, the south Aiken family found dead in their Travellers Lane home Thursday.

Authorities said Friday that Bobby Dubose, 41, had shot his wife, Frances, 49, and son, Brandon, 13, before turning the gun on himself.

At Kennedy Middle School, where Brandon was a sixth-grader, his classmates wrote messages to him on posters with markers. One student tore a piece of paper into a cross and wrote a goodbye.

One message on the posters read: "You had a million-dollar smile. And I won't get to see it here again. You were my best friend. And I love you very much."

Nancy Dukes, a guidance counselor at the school, said many of Brandon's friends attended school Friday. The children received individual counseling if they asked for it.

"Everyone grieves in different ways," Ms. Dukes said. "Some people are quiet. Some people cry. Some people draw pictures."

Mrs. DuBose, Brandon's stepmother, loved to sing to her clients at the Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center on Laurens Street. She worked as a hairdresser alongside Michelle Jenkins, 22, of Aiken.

Ms. Jenkins said Mrs. DuBose would often sing to her elderly clients to make them feel comfortable.

"She would sing to them; she would sing contemporary gospel songs like Jesus Loves Me," Ms. Jenkins said. "Or if she knew their favorite song, she would sing that to them."

Mrs. DuBose had a deep religious side that showed at work, Ms. Jenkins said. Mrs. DuBose asked Ms. Jenkins to pray with her each morning in the salon.

"She always said, 'Before you face man, you have to face God,"' Ms. Jenkins said. She sometimes attended South Aiken Church of God, occasionally bringing her husband, friends said.

Mr. DuBose was not as well known in the community. Neighbors said he stayed at home a lot.

He had worked for SCE&G in Jasper County from 1980 to 1990, said Robin Montgomery, a spokesman for SCE&G.

The DuBoses moved to Aiken from Ridgeland, S.C., about two years ago, neighbors said.

According to Sgt. David Turno of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the department had never been called to the home.

Reach Matthew Boedy at (803) 648-1395 or matthew.boedy@augustachronicle.com.