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Statement released by family of Abilene woman police say was murdered by former son-in-law

Lin Rushing

The family of an Abilene woman police say was murdered by her former son-in-law released a statement on Wednesday.

"We want to stress that Lin was murdered, taken from those who loved her, relied on her, and those who were her friends. She was taken in a most heinous way," said the family of Lin Rushing.

Rushing was murdered on August 31 in her south Abilene home.

Her former son-in-law, Gary Shane Clinton, was charged with murder on Tuesday and he is being held on $400,000 bond.

Full statement

On Friday, August 31, at about 7:30 p.m., we learned about the death of our mother, Lin Rushing, through a phone call from Detectives with the Abilene Police Department. This is a day our family, friends, and our community lost a beloved member of the community. The trial for the man accused of her murder will be a difficult one for the family.

We want to stress that Lin was murdered, taken from those who loved her, relied on her, and those who were her friends. She was taken in a most heinous way and we wish the media and the public to be sympathetic to our family.

She was murdered by a man with a lengthy criminal record which includes 41 arrests. This should be a concern for our community. The family is refusing to use his name and instead focus on our beloved family member, Lin Rushing and the legacy she leaves behind.

We have every confidence in the Abilene Police Department, the District Attorney, and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department in bringing to justice, the man accused of murdering our beloved family member. We are just as confident that the investigation, once completed, will be sufficient to secure an appropriate verdict.

Lin was in the safety of her home when she was taken from us. Our family remains in a state of disbelief. Lin was a grandmother, mother, wife and an icon in the community. We will feel her loss for many years.

We want to mention the legacy her death left behind. Lin was a grandmother of 4, a mother to a wonderful daughter Stacey, and loving wife to her high school sweetheart and husband Larry. She will be missed.

We feel that the system failed our family and our community. The suspect was released as recently as May 2018, while still having verbalized thoughts of hurting others. This crime happened in the home that Lin and Larry shared for over 30 years. Our hope is that the justice system continues to improve in order to help future victims of violent crimes and to prevent violent criminals from committing violent crimes in our community.

Finally, we would like to thank our friends and our community for the prayers and thoughts in this difficult time. We would also like to thank Law Enforcement for bringing formal charges against the accused.

We request privacy at this time in order to allow our family to grieve our loss.

The Rushing and Magovern family

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