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Published November 18, 2010, 06:19 PM

Suspect's Family "Shocked" By Iowa Store Killings

The family of a Minnesota teenager accused of killing two store clerks in northern Iowa is expressing condolences to the victims' families.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a Minnesota teenager accused of killing two store clerks in northern Iowa is expressing condolences to the victims' families.

In a statement, the parents of 17-year-old Michael Swanson say "nothing has prepared us for this type of a tragedy."

Swanson's parents say they previously sought assistance for their son and "are struggling to make sense of his actions."

The teenager from St. Louis Park is charged in Monday night's shooting deaths at convenience stores in Algona and Humboldt. The victims — Vicky Bowman-Hall and Sheila Myers — were shot about an hour apart.

KCCI-TV says an attorney for Swanson's family released the statement. It says the family will not make any additional comments.

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