A 15-year-old boy allegedly shot dead his family and posted graphic pictures of their bodies to social media in a gruesome spree of violence.
Texas police reported that William Quince Colburn III, a 15-year-old boy, killed himself after being found by officers with the bodies.
He threatened to keep committing the same horrific acts of violence at a school. The photos were discovered by police on Wednesday. Police began a search to find him. It culminated in an RV park located in Aransas County.
Officials have stated that he refused to leave his motorhome and shot himself before police could arrive.
An Aransas Pass Police Department statement read: “Entry was made into the RV and immediately discovered the graphic scene shared over social media.
“The male juvenile was likewise found deceased from a gunshot wound. Investigators discovered four bodies, and two dogs, that were also dead.”
Police also said that, if they had not been alerted to the pictures as quickly as they were, they “It is possible that they were working on a more terrible event this morning.
Oscar Rivera, the San Patricio County sheriff, added “I’m not sure which school he planned to attack but he certainly had the weapons and ammunition to do so”, before confirming that he had at least two guns and a rifle.
Three of his dead relatives were identified as William Colburn Jr., his 53-years-old mother Jana Colburn and Emma Colburn. They were also shot, according to police.
His eldest sister, Mahria Batts, is fundraising for the funeral costs of her late family here, where the page has raised just over $10,000 (£7,280)
She told The Independent: “We are deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded today. Like many in the community, we are hurt, outraged, sad, and most of all, [we feel] a sense of emptiness.
“We should be celebrating our Mother’s 53rd Birthday today. We are now trying to figure out how to put them to rest.
“While we appreciate and understand so many emotions being shared with us, on behalf of all of my siblings, I ask that you take into consideration that even with the way this all played out, we are still mourning four individuals.
“We ask that you find it in your hearts to please donate, share and to also understand that we are grieving.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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