A Pennsylvania boy is accused of shooting his mother and little brother in their heads Wednesday morning, then calling the police to blame it on his father.
14-year-old Jacob Remaley called 911 after killing his mother and brother as they slept in their beds, telling the operator, “Why didn’t he kill me? I need help,” before hanging up.
His mother, 46-year-old Dana Remaley, and brother, 8-year-old Caleb Remaley, were found dead in their home Wednesday morning when police arrived at around 7 a.m. Jacob’s father, David Remaley, was at work at the time.
After the shootings, which occurred in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, Jacob was arrested and taken to a hospital, where his dad gave detectives permission to interview him.
He confessed to the shootings and said he would have shot his father too, if he hadn’t been at work.
According to District Attorney John Peck, Jacob took a handgun from on top of the refrigerator and went to his bedroom, where he realized it was unloaded. He then went back to the kitchen and loaded it with a six-round magazine.
He then, according to Peck, “walked into the mother’s room wear she was asleep and shot her and then walked into his brother’s room, where he was asleep, and shot him. They were clearly both lethal shots.”
In another 911 call, the teen told the operator that he didn’t know why his father had put a gun in his bed. He then became hysterical and told the operator that he had blood on his hands.
After the killing, he ran into the yard with the handgun still in his hand. He was found by a neighbor wearing just a t-shirt and boxers. He purportedly kept repeating “Mom,” and that neighbor told him she loved him. He then replied with, “I love my mom, too.”
He then sat down and threw the gun into a nearby yard.
“I know he had two handguns,” said Jacob’s grandfather of the boy’s father. “He carried a gun with him all the time. He had a license to carry and he’d go to the gun range. I know he showed the kids about guns and explained things.”
A friend of the family described Jacob as a polite straight-A student.
“If you could pick a friend for your kid, it would be Jacob,” Anita Stoner said. “They’re a good family. They’re your all-American family — hard workers, give back to the community. I just don’t know.”
Jacob’s grandmother, Joyce Remaley, said he was also religiously devout and upset that his mother didn’t attend church with him.
Authorities haven’t determined a motive yet, but said Jacob didn’t get along with his parents.
“The only real conclusion we could draw from some of our investigation was that he had a difference with his parents – when it came to maybe not getting along with them that well. His brother, it’s very difficult to actually have an answer for why,” Trooper Stephen Limani told KDKA-TV. “I really don’t specifically have an answer for why. It doesn’t seem like there was any type of [tumultuous] relationship between he and his brother. If anything, it was actually fairly good for people that are six years apart as siblings.”
Jacob is now being held without bail pending an arraignment on two counts each of criminal homicide and first-degree murder.
He’s being charged as an adult.
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