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      Husband arrested in Florence County double murder

      Hiralkumar Gopaldas is taken into the Florence County Detention Center Tuesday night/Tonya Brown

      Florence County deputies charged Hiralkumar Gopaldas, 33, of Florence with two counts of murder.

      Deputies say he killed his wife, Punam Gopaldas, 31, and his mother-in-law, Vinaben Patel, 57, on Saturday. They say Gopaldas stabbed both victims numerous times, resulting in their deaths.

      Yesterday, deputies went back to the home to collect more evidence.

      He held his head down as deputies escorted into the Florence County Detention Cent e r Tuesday night .

      "I want to give credit to our deputies and investigators who have worked around the clock to solve these horrible crimes," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated in a press release. "Hopefully this neighborhood can rest a little easier in light of the arrest."

      Gopaldas' neighbors say he was arrested outside of his apartment on Coventry Lane in Florence County.

      One neighbor, who did not want her identity revealed, saw officers when they arrested him.

      "Saw a gentleman come out with handcuffs and very somber looking , very sad , quiet , very small man, he just , h e did not resist arrest," said the neighbor.

      "Today , when the police officers were here at the complex going through this, I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what to think," said Randy Few, neighbor.

      Many of the neighbors say they're shocked because Gopaldas is so friendly.

      An elderly woman says he often visits her with his young son. She says Gopaldas always brings her fruit , and she's heartbroken over the allegations against him.

      Neighbors also tell us deputies had Gopaldas' white Honda Accord towed from the parking lot.

      Gopaldas will likely appear before a Florence County magistrate Wednesday for an initial appearance. A circuit court judge will hold a bond hearing.

      "I want to give credit to our deputies and investigators who have worked around the clock to solve these horrible crimes," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated in a press release. "Hopefully this neighborhood can rest a little easier in light of the arrest."

      Gopaldas will likely appear before a Florence County Magistrate Wednesday for an initial appearance. A circuit court judge will hear any issues related to bond pending trial.

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