5 dead in apparent murder-suicide
By Associated Press - Texarkana Gazette
June 2, 2008
INGRAM, Texas — Five people were dead Sunday after an
apparent early morning murder-suicide in Central Texas.
John David Young, 38, an employee at a local aircraft
plant, apparently was the shooter in the deaths of his two young
children, their mother and their grandmother, said Ingram City Marshal
But, until autopsies are completed Monday “I can’t
tell you who our shooter is for sure,” Zachry said.
John David Young was found in a mobile home along
with Johnathan Young, 9, Mason Young, 6, Starr Ann Young, 42, and Linda
Dale Hughes, 64. All had gunshot wounds.
The two children were still in bed.
Responding to an assault call, law enforcement
officers found Hughes alive. She died on the way to the hospital.
Zachry said the family was new to the area and had no
record of domestic disturbances since they moved to Ingram.
Ingram is about 75 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Five dead in Ingram murder-suicide
An Ingram family of five is dead
after an apparent murder-suicide early Sunday morning.
Law enforcement officers suspect
John David Young, 38, shot his two children, wife and mother-in-law in a
mobile home in the 100 block of Third Street in Ingram.
Authorities identified the victims
as Starr Ann Young, 42; Linda Dale Hughes, 64; Jonathan Young, 9; and
Mason Young, 6.
All were shot with a 9 mm pistol
laying near John David Young’s body. The two boys were found in their
beds with multiple gunshot wounds.
It is believed that Hughes, mother
of Starr Young, placed a call to 911 at 2:18 a.m. She was alive when
deputies arrived, but died en route to the hospital.
The call first came into emergency
call dispatch as an assault. The dispatcher who received it only heard
breathing at first, and when deputies arrived on the scene, the
dispatcher could hear the deputies knocking on the door. Officers
forcibly entered the locked home to discover the grisly scene.
“We will have to review the 911
tapes to determine who made the call, but we are pretty certain it was
the grandmother (Hughes),” said Ingram City Marshal Rowan Zachry.
The case is being investigated as
a murder-suicide, although officials won’t know conclusively until
autopsies are performed this afternoon at the Travis County medical
KCSO investigators are trying to
piece together the motivation for the killings.
They report that John David Young
had lived in Kerr County for a couple of years and had no criminal
record in Texas. He relocated to Kerr County from Colorado.
Although not confirmed, it is
believed Starr Young worked at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kerrville, and
John David Young was employed by Mooney Airplane Co. Both children
attended Ingram Elementary School.
“Anytime you deal with children,
it makes things tough,” Zachry said Sunday. “They are really the
innocent victims in this case. We will know a whole lot more tomorrow
about what exactly happened."