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Midstate Truck Stop Murder Victims Knew Each Other

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro Police are keeping the victim's families up to date with the progress of the interstate truck stop murder investigation.

Detectives and relatives of Sara Hulbert met again Friday at the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville.

On Thursday, Metro police arrested 56-year-old Bruce Mendenhall of Albion, Ill., for the shooting death of Sara Hulbert. Her body was found at an East Nashville truck stop in late June.

Mendenhall returned to the same truck stop Thursday.

Hulbert's relatives Friday said Hulbert knew Symantha Winters, whose body was found at a Pilot travel center in Lebanon in June. Mendenhall is also a suspect in her death.

There was another connection between the women.

Hulbert's uncle said Friday he knew Winters when they were both younger and it looks like Hulbert and Winters knew each other on the street.

Roxanna Wayman does not want anybody to ever forget her sister Sara Hulbert.

"She was a good girl who made bad choices unfortunately. She tried to change and for whatever circumstances, she was unable to," Wayman said.

The family brought photo albums and posters they used at a memorial when Hulbert was killed. Hulbert was one of four sisters. She had two children, an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old.

"And that's the part of it, part of it that makes it so hard, and we'll just make sure her kids know who she was and know that she loved them very much," Wayman said.

"She was a good mom who loved her babies," said Gina Martin.

Hulbert's family considers Martin to be Hulbert's best friend.

"She was so much more than what people probably got the image of from being that victim on television," Martin said.

Metro police said drugs and prostitution led to the encounter with Mendenhall, a truck driver.

Police said Mendenhall is a serial killer charged not only with Hulbert's murder but five others including Winters' killing.

"I couldn't believe it. It was a coincidence that both had been killed by the same guy," said Hulbert's uncle Danny Allen.

Allen went to Joelton High School with Winters.

"We graduated in 1977," he said.

Thirty years later, the family would have never believed how their paths would cross again.

"You never think that anything like this would ever happen to you," Wayman said.

The Hulbert family said people they don't know tell them they saw Hulbert and Winters several times together on the street.

Hulbert's family said if Mendenhall is the killer they're glad he's off the streets so he can't kill again.

They don't want any other family to experience the pain they're feeling.

Unfortunately, several other families may have to experience the same emotions.

Metro police received questions about Mendenhall from police from as far away as Oklahoma and Maryland.

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