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2 slain in Faith were ex-girlfriend, friend of suspect

FAITH (AP) -- A woman and man shot and killed in the small town of Faith have been identified as the ex-girlfriend and friend of the man accused of pulling the trigger.

FAITH (AP) - A woman and man shot and killed in the small town of Faith have been identified as the ex-girlfriend and friend of the man accused of pulling the trigger.

Thirty-two-year-old Berton Toavs is accused of killing Eliza Edgins and Nathan Gann on Tuesday morning at a residence in the northwestern South Dakota community. The motive isn't clear.

The Rapid City Journal reports authorities say in court documents that Toavs was suicidal but eventually surrendered.

Toavs appeared in court Thursday morning on first-degree murder charges. Judge Jerome Eckrich scheduled an arraignment for Monday afternoon, during which Toavs will enter pleas.

Edgins and Gann worked at a local bar and grill. Toavs has been working at ranches and a livestock auction in the area.

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About 430 people live in Faith.

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