A popular Dallas TV personality and food reporter has now been confirmed dead. Stacy Fawcett, 45, was the victim of a fatal stabbing, presumably, police say, at the hands of her oldest son, McCann Utu, Jr., 19. Fawcett’s youngest son, Josiah, 17, was also killed in the attack. According to the Plano Police Department, the stabbings took place on early Friday morning.
MSN writes that a male caller phoned 911 and told a dispatcher that he had committed a murder. When officers arrived at the home in Plano, Texas, they found an adult deceased male and an adult deceased female. Another adult male was found alive with multiple stab wounds. The alive adult male was later identified as the suspect, McCann, who subsequently died at a local hospital after being transported with life-threatening injuries.
Dallas Food TV Reporter Stacy Fawcett Stabbed to Death by Son https://t.co/uL7putnGOG
— Rose (@Osumpinkgirl) April 10, 2016
McCann’s wounds were self-inflicted, according to Extra TV.
Extra also reported that Stacy’s brother, Justin Fawcett, stated that McCann suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing basketball a few years ago.
McCann’s father, McCann Utu Sr., confirmed the injury, two injuries, in fact, in an official statement to The Dallas Morning News in which he blamed the head injuries for his son’s actions. Friends and family also attest that McCann Jr. began exhibiting bizarre behavior and personality changes after his injuries.
“I’m in so much pain and need to grieve for my boys and Stacy right now. God will use my pain to help and save others that are going through mental illness and concussion.”
McCann Jr.’s first head injury was sustained in fall 2013 during a basketball game in which he was a player for Plano West High School. His second injury occurred a few months later during an altercation with another student. His family said that the second injury was the most damaging, so much so that he was unable to attend college after he graduated from high school.
A friend of McCann’s, Waseem Limbada, 19, said that he personally witnessed McCann’s personality change after the first injury, and after the second injury the changes worsened.
“Once that happened, he started isolating himself … [and his] behavior changed.”
He said that the McCann that he knew prior to the injuries could have never done this as he loved his mother and brother and was a good person.
Side Dish shared a comment about McCann made by a close friend of Stacy.
“Her son was not violent by nature he had severe brain injury that started from high school sports concussions resulting in behavioral and personality changes.”
Other friends of the family also reached out to Side Dish to share their observations of the side effects of McCann’s injuries and to confirm that he needed close care.
very sad https://t.co/izQZimzpiW
— Dallas VideoFest (@videofest) April 9, 2016
On Friday evening, a large gathering of students and teachers held a prayer vigil for Josiah outside of Plano West High School with many speaking of his loving and positive nature. Jennifer Blank, 17, commented that it was difficult for her to look at his empty desk.
“He would do anything to make anyone smile. He was always positive.”
Fawcett had become known as “Dallas’ favorite foodie.” She was a regular contributor to Daybreak (a morning news show, WFAA-TV, channel 8) and provided food coverage to the KVIL-FM website.
— D Magazine (@DMagazine) April 8, 2016
A Go Fund Me account has been set up on behalf of the family to help fray the costs of their memorial services. As of this writing, the proceeds have surpassed the campaign’s goal of $20,000. The page states, “Any unused funds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank in Stacy’s name and memory as feeding those in need has always been her life’s work.”
Stacy Fawcett, McCann Utu, and Josiah Utu will be memorialized on Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.
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