January 9, 2006
Police in North Augusta spent Monday looking for clues in what they call a murder-suicide. They say a father killed his two young sons, then himself. The bodies were found Sunday, along with a videotape confession from the dad.
Police found the bodies Sunday night around 6:30 p.m. The boys’ mother asked police to check on the house when her sons were late coming back from a weekend visitation with their dad. Police found all three bodies together, in bed, under the covers.
Police say 7-year-old Gunner Young and his brother 4-year-old Ryker were killed by their father Sunday in this North Augusta home. The boys’ parents recently separated. The father, Terrell Young, had a weekend visitation with his sons.
“He was out playing basketball with them on Saturday. We waved and blew the horn and then when we left and everything was just normal,” said Jan Weikel, neighbor.
Things seemed normal on the outside, but on the inside something else was happening. Police say some time on Sunday Terrell killed his boys and then shot himself in the head. Investigators say Terrell left behind a videotape saying why he was about to kill everyone, but police would not release those details.
“Very precious family. After we moved here we just fell in love with them,” Weikel said.
Jan Weikel lives across the street from the family. She knew the family well and says these boys were their parents’ whole life.
“They loved them. They spent every moment with them,” Weikel said.
The boys’ mother owns Karyn Grace Salon on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, which we found closed.
Karyn’s sons were involved at their church, First Baptist of North Augusta, and played community sports. Now so many who knew them are trying to understand why.
“This was a very nice neighborhood. The kids were well liked. The family was well liked. It comes as a shock to a lot of people,” said North Augusta Police Chief Lee Wetherington.
Grief counselors were at Mossy Creek Elementary School on Monday, where 7-year-old Gunner was in second grade. Meanwhile, we’re waiting on the autopsy of the bodies, which will reveal how the boys died.