Mourners say goodbye to slain Iowa store clerks

Published 4:43 pm Monday, November 22, 2010

HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) — Mourners have said their final goodbyes to two store clerks shot and killed in northern Iowa last week.

Funerals were held Monday for Shelia Myers and Vicky Bowman-Hall. Myers was shot and killed at the Kum & Go convenience store in Humboldt on November 15. Bowman-Hall was shot at the Crossroads gas station in Algona about an hour earlier. She died at an Algona hospital.

A Minnesota teen, Michael Swanson, is charged in the slayings. The 17-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minn. is accused of shooting the women to keep them from calling police after they gave him the cash and cigarettes he demanded.

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Swanson is being held on $1 million cash bond in the Kossuth County jail.

The Des Moines Register reports that authorities say they don’t know why he was in Iowa.