The extended members of a family murdered in their mobile home on August 28th will be buried in an outdoor service at a small country church. As the shock of the arrest of the family member who reported the slayings spreads through Glynn County, more details about the victims are emerging.
Rusty Toler, Sr., 44, a native of Atlanta, worked at a nearby plant that dried chemicals for over 20 years, and did maintenance and odd jobs for the New Hope Plantation mobile home park where he lived. He is widely described as a loving father who would do anything for his kids. Friends described him as hardworking and humble. Toler welcomed anyone to his home who needed a place to stay.
Guy Heinze Sr., 46, Rusty Toler’s half brother, was a native of Illinois and a former truck driver. Heinze, Sr. lived most of his life in McIntosh County. He was born and raised in Illinois, moved to Georgia, and became a truck driver. His father, William Heinze, 72, of Port Angeles Florida, told First Coast News “I just can’t stop crying and shaking. It just hit me so heavy because we really loved Guy, everybody loved Guy.” Heinze is also survived another son, Tyler Heinze of Brunswick.
Brenda Falagan, 49, Rusty Toler’s sister, was the widow of Glenn Falagan. After a stroke debilitated her, she moved in with her brother because she was confined to a wheelchair. A native Coffee County, she lived most of her life in Glynn County.
Chrissy Toler, 22, is described as a homemaker, with a son, three-year-old Byron Jimmerson. She was involved in an armed robbery in 2004, and her cooperation helped send the father of her son, Byron Jimmerson, Sr., to in prison for that crime. She was fined and given probation. She was born in Savannah, and lived almost all of her life in Glynn County. She dated Joseph West, 30, who was also killed. Chrissy Toler and Joseph West were partners in a small lawn care service.
Russell Toler Jr., 20, was a carpenter who and described by friends as hard-working and well-mannered. He was born in Liberty County and had lived most of his life in McIntosh County.
Michael Toler, 19, who was born with Down’s syndrome, is described as a person with a strong work ethic. Teachers praised him for his positive attitude and for overcoming a speech impediment. Michael worked on the shrimp boat owned by the family of Joseph West. Michael was still alive when Heinze called police, but died the next day from brain injuries resulting from gunshot wounds. He was born in Liberty County and lived most of his life in McIntosh and Glynn counties.
Michelle Toler, 15, was an eighth-grade student at Needwood Middle School and a member of the band. Her classmates described her “as a person who was always smiling and if they were down about anything, she would try to pick them up and raise their spirits,” according to school system spokesman Jim Weidhaas. “Classmates say that she had a good sense of humor and that she was easy to get along with.” She was born in Glynn County and lived most of her life in Glynn and McIntosh counties.
Joseph West’s family described him as full of life and zest and as a man who had hopes and dreams of one day owning a home with a white picket fence and a dog in the back yard. Another brother, Thomas Hill said, “His heart was always in the right place. That is going to be missed.” West worked in his family’s shrimping business and had a yard service business with Chrissy Toler.
Guy Heinze, Jr., 22, son of one victim, and nephew and cousin to six other victims, was arrested Friday for the murders after police received what they described as “key information” late Friday afternoon. He was re-arrested after being briefly released on bond. Police have not yet released the information used to substantiate Heinze’s arrest. Chief Matt Doering is not ruling out the possibility of other perpetrators in the crime.
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Sources:Brunswick News A Day of Mourning;KomoNews.com Port Angeles Man Mourns Son Killed in Ga. Slayings; Brunswick News: Killings Not Gang Related; WTOC11Savannah: Visitation being held for Brunswick Murder Victims