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Site of robbery, triple homicide, closes

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GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The scene was chaotic as police swarmed the area around Blue Ridge Savings Bank in Greer back on May 16, 2003. A bold killer robbed the place then shot and killed three people inside - Sylvia Holtzclaw, a bank teller, and two customers, James and Margaret Barnes.

"You would always ride by, you would always look up there at the building," Todd Chapman said. He works as a technician and Interstate 85 just about every day.

"I remember it was horrible that somebody would walk in there, rob the place and kill everybody," he said.

On Wednesday night, while at a gas station where police pulled tapes in search of the killer's possible getaway car nearly nine years ago, Chapman talked about the homicide case.

"It touched a lot of people," he said.

Police wanted to talk to Emerson Wright about the case. He led them on a high-speed chase in Georgia, pulled over, then shot and killed himself. Investigators called him a "person of interest" in the case.

"My heart goes out to anybody that was related to those people," Chapman said.

Now, Blue Ridge Savings Bank is no more. The North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks bought Blue Ridge and closed the branch in Greer. There's a sales sign on the property, and the marquis is shut off.

Chapman said he's glad it's no longer open and said maybe it will give the victims' families some peace.

"I just hope that they find solace and they can move on," he said.

However, every time he drives up and down I-85, he still looks toward the hill.

"As long as the building is up there, everyone is going to remember that," he said.

Greer police and the FBI are investigating the case. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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