Family feud eyed in grisly killings in French Alps

Investigators stand at the camp site where the slain British family were vacationing in Saint Jorioz, near Annecy, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.  (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Investigators stand at the camp site where the slain British family were vacationing in Saint Jorioz, near Annecy, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

ANNECY, France (AP) — A French prosecutor says a feud between brothers is becoming the focus of the investigation into the grisly killings of a British-Iraqi family vacationing in the French Alps.

Two young sisters survived the killings of their parents and an older woman, as well as a French cyclist whose body was found nearby. The children, apparently the only witnesses to the shootings on an isolated Alpine road, were under police protection Friday.

The younger child, a 4-year-old, was found hiding beneath the skirts of her dead mother in the backseat of a car.

Prosecutor Eric Maillaud, said British police are reporting that the girls' father was feuding with his brother over money.

Autopsies were to be performed Friday on the bodies.
Associated Press
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