|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1970|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 2008|
Ex-soldier among 4 dead in bank dispute
MCCOMB, Miss. — His friends and family say James Fayard was the kind of man who was compelled to help others, especially those in distress. That admirable quality cost him his life.
Robert Lanham, armed with a gun Wednesday, walked into Regions Bank in McComb where his ex-wife worked. Lanham fatally shot Fayard and bank manager Ronnie Larrimore, then took his ex-wife hostage and fled in a truck, McComb Police Chief Billie Hughes said.
Lanham and his ex-wife, Rachel J. Lanham, were later found dead.
"It wasn't a bank robbery. It was a domestic situation," McComb Police Chief Billie Hughes said.
Initial reports said Rachel Lanham was likely shot and dumped out of the vehicle on U.S. Highway 51. However, Pike County Coroner Percy Pittman said she may have been trying to get out of the car and was ejected when it hit a tree.
Robert Lanham died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after apparently shooting himself while driving, authorities said.
The McComb Enterprise-Journal newspaper reported that court records showed the Lanhams married in 1999 and divorced in August 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.
Rachel Lanham, who worked at the bank as a financial adviser, and Larrimore were dating, according to the newspaper. Robert Lanham had reportedly made a recent threat to harm Larrimore.
Larrimore, 38, was the father of two young boys.
Police said Fayard had stepped in to help Rachel Lanham.
"He would help anybody who needed it," Fayard's mother, Geneva McGehee Lamana, told the McComb Enterprise-Journal. "If anybody needed a ride to go to the doctor, he would take them — to Hattiesburg, wherever they needed to go."
Lamana said her son served in the Army and the Navy, and later worked offshore for Shell Oil before retiring with a disability.
The Associated Press; Friday Mar 14, 2008
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In Loving Memory of Ronnie C. Larrimore 2/27/70 - 3/12/08 With tears in our eyes, We miss you very much. Your success in life, and your love for your family will never be forgotten. Love Your son's Logan and Cayden, Dad, Mom and Sisters. Published in the...(Read more)|
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