Sheriff: Texas camping suspect befriended victims before slayings

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Tex. – The man accused of killing six people at a Texas campsite had earlier befriended the victims, a sheriff said Tuesday.

On Saturday, seven family members had gathered for a weekend camping trip on wooded land that 46-year-old Thomas Kamp had purchased a few months ago.

The land was reportedly near property owned by William Hudson, 33.

Authorities say Hudson spent time with the family and even helped dislodge one of their vehicles from the mud.

A few hours later, Hudson returned to the family’s campsite and killed six of them.

A family spokesman Tuesday identified the deceased as Thomas Kamp and two of his sons, Austin and Nathan; Kamp’s fiancée, Hannah Johnson; her 6-year-old son, Kade; and her father, Carl.

Johnson’s mother, Cynthia, escaped the attack and hid in the woods before calling 911 for help.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor declined to elaborate on the attack or a motive, but said that there were “several different crime scenes,” NBC DFW reports.

Two bodies were found in a travel trailer.  The other bodies, including Kade’s, were found in a pond behind Hudson’s home.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 31 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Taylor said.

Hudson was arrested at his mother’s house.

He is charged with one count of murder, and more are pending, NBC DFW reports.

He is being held on $2.5 million bond.



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