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PC World editor shot, killed in home invasion

Four gunmen kicked in Rex Farrance's front door, beat down his wife and shot him dead. Now, investigators say the award-winning editor for PC World magazine may have been involved in illegal drug sales.
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A former writer for PC World magazine was shot and killed after four masked gunmen forced open his front door in an apparent robbery Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

Rex Farrance, 59, and his wife, Lenore Vantosh-Farrance, 56, were in their home in the 100 block of Argosy Court when the gunmen kicked in the front door shortly after 9 p.m., Pittsburg police Inspector John Conaty said.

The robbers then struck the woman with a gun and fatally shot Farrance in the chest.

Farrance was an award-winning senior technical review editor and writer for PC World magazine for more than 19 years.

The motive for the attack appears to have been robbery, Conaty said, but investigators found evidence at the home that leads them to believe the couple wasn't targeted randomly.

Conaty said that the robbery appears to have been motivated by the victim's alleged involvement in illegal drug sales.

"We don't believe this was a random attack. We have found a considerable amount of a controlled substance within the house and we're exploring the possibility that it may have had something to do with the motive," Conaty said.

Police aren't specifying the type of drug and were continuing to search the house Wednesday.

After the shooting, the four robbers fled on foot, Conaty said.