On Friday, at around 12:30 AM, a 911 operator answered a call and asked the teen caller to describe his emergency. “Uh,” the caller said evenly, “I just killed my mom and sister.”
Jake Evans, 17, is being charged with double-murder after calling 911 and confessing that he shot his mother and sister multiple times in their Aledo, Texas home. The teen, who is described as “quiet and sweet” by those who know him, told the 911 operator that he had been planning on killing for awhile, and that the murder of his mother and 15-year-old sister “just happened.” When the operator asked if he’d been planning on killing his mother and sister or someone else, Evans responded, “Pretty much just anybody.” The Huffington Postreports that Evans calmly told the operator that he had shot the two family members with a.22 revolver, and answered “yes” when asked if he was sure they were dead.
Evans had stolen his grandfather’s gun two weeks prior to the murders, but confessed to the operator that he had no definite reason for killing the two family members. “It’s weird,” he says. “I wasn’t even angry with them. It just kind of happened. I’ve been kind of planning on killing for a while now.” Evans went on to describe the killings, as the operator held him on the line for about 25 minutes:
“This is really going to mess me up in the future,” he says, “but you see, my sister, I told my sister that my mom needed her. She was in her room and she came out of her room and, uh, I, I shot her. And she rolled down the stairs and I shot her again. And then I went down and I shot my mom about maybe three or four times. I’ll never forget this, but my, uh, sister, she came down the stairs and she was screaming and I was telling her that I’m sorry but that this, hold still, that, you know, I was just going to just make it go away, you know. But she just kept on freaking out. But finally she fell down and I shot her in the head probably three times.”
Later in the call, Evans confessed that he’s worried about what repercussions the murders will have. “I don’t mean to sound like a wimp or anything,” he says in the calls recording, “but this is — wow. I’ve never done anything violent in my whole life, you know?” He proceeds to ask the operator if there are any medications he could take to prevent nightmares about what he had done. Later, Evans tells the operator, “I just thought it would be quick, you know? I didn’t want them to feel any pain. That’s why I used a gun. But it’s like everything went wrong.” When asked if he wanted to hurt himself, Evans responds, “Um, I don’t know, I’m a little freaked out about guns now. I definitely, you know, I assure you, I definitely don’t like myself, you know? But I’m just so freaked out by guns now. Just to let you know, I hate the feeling of killing someone. I, you know, I’m going to be messed up.”
When officers arrived, Evans was in the front yard with his hands above his head. He was taken into custody without incident, and is being held without bail. No clear motive has been discovered, but Evans did allegedly tell the 911 operator that he had a problem with “people’s attitudes.” He said that his mother and sister were “verbally rude to each other and stuff like that.”
Evans and his sister Mallory, 15, had attended Aledo High School, but were currently being home-schooled. Mallory Evans is described as “a sweet child that will be missed by her friend and school family,” in a statement by Aledo schools superintendent Doug Manning. Jamie Evans, 48, was an elementary school teach and assistant principal for the Aledo school system for 15 years. Manning stated that “her dedication to her students and her love of learning was an inspiration to all who knew her.”
Investigators are struggling to put the pieces together. While Evans was cooperative in his interview with Texas Rangers, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler states that the teen gave no clear-cut reason for the murders. “Everybody is just in a total state of shock,” Fowler said. “How does it get to this point? There is nothing clear-cut. He has some issues and what they are, I don’t know.” Fowler called the situation a “mind-boggler,” stating that “I don’t have any insight into it. I’ve been around this a long time and I’ve never seen one like this. Usually you have some history of mental issues but so far, I haven’t heard anything that raised those red flags.”