David Alan Gore set for execution Thursday by lethal injection barring any stays

Series of murders still rattles Vero Beach area

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- David Alan Gore, a Treasure Coast man who was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering four young girls and two women back in the 1980s, is scheduled to be executed tonight.

Barring any last minute stays, Gore is set to be put to death at the Florida State Prison.

One of the victims was Lynn Elliott. She was picked up while hitchhiking on July 26, 1986 by Gore.

"I used to live down that street, Tropic Drive," recounted Regan Martin during a 1994 interview. "Right over here is where Lynn and I were standing that day when we decided to hitchhike."

Martin was with Elliott the night she died. Both girls were tied up tortured and raped. When Elliott found the moment to run from Gore's house, he chased after her and shot her in the head.

The scene outside Gore's house was witnessed by a young man who later alerted the authorities. They found Martin tied up but alive in the attic. Elliott was discovered murdered in the trunk of a car.

After being arrested and indicted on murder and kidnapping charges, Gore later lead authorities to the sites of other victims. Investigators eventually pinned Gore with the murder and disappearance of Barbara Ann Byer, Angelica LaVallee, Judy Kay Daley, Hsiang Huang Ling and Ying Hua Ling.

Gore would spend the next three decades fighting his death sentence.

On Feb. 28, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed Gore's execution warrant, issuing death by lethal injection.

"I think it'll be a moment of happiness. I may be wrong but that's the way I feel right now because he needs to be off this earth," said Carl Elliott, the father of victim Lynn Elliott.

The execution of Gore on Thursday is a day of healing, Carl Elliott said. He has been waiting for it to come for years.

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