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Blissfield residents react to double homicide

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BLISSFIELD, MI (Toledo News Now) - Authorities are still on the lookout for for Thomas Jack Fritz.

He's described as a person of interest in the double murder of two sisters Friday night at a house on North Lane Street in Blissfield.

Authorities confirm Fritz and murder victim Amy Merrill had been dating and broke up.

They say it's a classic case of a domestic violence situation gone bad.

"Unfortunately, those are happening all over small town America and large cities," said Blissfield Police Chief Jane Kelly.

She adds despite the manhunt, there have been no spottings of Fritz.

"We never want it to happen in a town like this or any town actually. But it's been a very sad day for Blissfield. That's for sure," said Chief Kelly.

Sad because this is supposed to be a weekend of celebration.

The annual Blissfield River Raisin Festival is the biggest community event of the year.

But there's a cloud hanging over it because of the slayings.

"Yeah, it's pretty crazy. It was fun until it happened," said Erica Neyraick.

"It's getting bad in this country. There's nothing we can do. Need to stick together and work as a team. All of us keep our eyes open for our neighbors," added Frank Olivarez.

Festival organizers say attendance has been down.

They're not surprised though after the tragedy in their community.

But still.

"This is a good town to live in. It's something that happened. Like some places it does happen. It just happens," said festival organizer Joyce Fetzer.

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