A mother found dead in her SUV alongside the bodies of her two children had shot and killed another woman linked to her estranged husband hours earlier, authorities revealed on Friday.
Jessica Edens was involved in a custody dispute over one of the children with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina and had complained that he'd had an affair for the past year, according to a police report.
The other women killed had reported harassing text messages and phone calls from Edens in the weeks before the shooting, Greenville Police Chief Ken Thomas said Friday.
Edens shot Meredith Leigh Rahme, 28, in her car around 5pm Thursday in downtown Greenville, Thomas said at a news conference. He added that the 36-year-old shooter's nine-year-old son Hayden and five-year-old daughter Harper were in the back of her SUV at the time.
Jessica Edens, 36, (left) shot 28-year-old Meredith Leigh Rahme (right) on Thursday in the parking lot of the shooter's estranged husband.
Edens' nine-year-old son Hayden and five-year-old daughter Harper were in the back of her SUV during the shooting, and were found dead along with Edens two hours later
The shooter is believed to have accused Rahme (pictured) of being a 'homewrecker' in an anonymous online post the day before the murders
Rahme was the target of an anonymous online attack posted on Wednesday and since deleted, DailyMail.com can confirm.
'This little girl has no self respect and no morals. She dates married men who have children and she doesn’t even want or like kids,' the vicious post attacking Rahme read.
'Her character speaks enough for her. Remember homewrecker, that karma is a b---h, just like you. You will get what you deserve,' the screed went on, posted to a website that ostensibly identifies 'homewreckers'.
Two hours after Rahme was shot, deputies found the suspect SUV locked and running with Edens and her two children inside, each dead from a single shot to the head or neck about 7 miles away in Easley, Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe