GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The family of the man believed to be the second victim in a Goose Creek double murder says a DNA test will be required to confirm the identity.
The father of Cody Newland says Newland's mother will submit a DNA sample so that authorities can verify the identity.
The Berkeley County coroner identified the other victim as cab driver Guma Dubar earlier on Tuesday, but said additional tests were needed to confirm the identity of the second body.
Newland's close friend Veronica LaRose was stunned after hearing he had been killed, burned and buried.
"It's real difficult to grasp how another person could do something so grisly and not have any care in the world about human life," LaRose said Tuesday. "I still can't believe it. It's just not registering, something like that doesn't register."
Mike McGinnis worked with the other victim Dubar at Yellow Cab a few years ago.
It's kind of shocking, but for the period of time he was with us he didn't raise any eyebrows," McGinnis said.
Coroner Bill Salisbury says Dubar died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso and the other victim died from a gunshot to the head.
Goose Creek Police say the suspect, James Loftis, told them he took a cab from a strip club early Saturday morning. Loftis told police Dubar and another man barged into his Pandora Drive home to get the cab fare. Police say Loftis grabbed a pistol and fired eight shots.
The suspect's wife told police she was out of town when she got a call from Loftis who told her he killed two people and buried them in the yard.
Loftis is being held without bond at the Berkeley County Detention Center.