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Victims' Friends Speak

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Joy Runne's sister Debbie Witt Buchanan released a statement to News 13 saying Vincent Franklin and his mother had a good relationship and he would have never hurt her if he was of sound mind. Buchanan says the family is giving their full support to Vincent during this time, because that's what Joy would have wanted.

Friends of Vincent Franklin's mother Joy Runne say her son, now an accused double murderer, is addicted to one thing.

"Drugs," said Delores Owens who knew Joy and her despair over her son Vincent Franklin's problems.  Delores tells News 13, Joy had talked to her about her son's addiction to meth and other drugs.

"And I'm pretty sure she had tried to get help for him, because I understand from her it was rough at home sometimes," said Owens. "But at his age, then, she could do nothing you know."

And that is, where friends say, problems began. The grandmother of Franklin's 5-year-old daughter tells News Thirteen Franklin was hospitalized in the ICU after abusing bath salts more than a year ago.

But friends are thinking of the victims Andre and Joy Runne.

"She (Joy) always had a smile on her face even though she had a lot of personal problems," said Jeff James, a friend and neighbor.

"Every time I met Joy, she was a joy," said Frankie James, another friend. "That's all I can tell you."

Frankie said she pictures in her mind what her friend now a murder victim went through.

"Just how horrible it had to be, and wondering if she realized what was going on," said Frankie.

Vincent has a brother Jimmy. Those who know him say Jim is a wonderful young man who never caused his mother trouble. 

"Jimmy and Vincent were two different children two different personalities," said Delores Owens.

There remain concerns about  Cheyenne Vantreese the mother of Vincent Franklin's daughter. Vantreese has been missing.

By Kimberly King
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