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Lodato killing appears linked to other slayings

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Alexandria Police say the unsolved slaying last month of a woman who was shot when she opened her front door appears to be linked to two other unsolved killings in the city.

At a news conference Thursday, Police Chief Earl Cook said forensic examination of the bullet fragments found similarities among the ballistics in last month's shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, the 2003 slaying of Nancy Dunning and last year's killing of Ronald Kirby.

Cook said the ballistics testing found similarities, but could not state conclusively that the same weapon was used in all three shootings.

Cook said the police are investigating the cases as though they are linked, but are not ruling out other possibilities.

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