Following a manhunt that began in East Ridge, Tennessee and spanned multiple states, Casey James Lawhorn, a man who confessed over Facebook to fatally shooting his mother and his friend, has been found dead in Vossburg, Mississippi from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
According to ABC, Lawhorn admitted in the now-deleted Facebook post to shooting “a close friend,” since identified as Avery Gaines, and then his own mother, Vi Lawhorn, at around 1:30 in the morning on Sunday, April 8. In the post, Lawhorn states he is “almost 24,” claims he was struggling in college, and that he used a “stolen .22 LR rifle” to commit the murders.
Lawhorn further claimed in the Facebook post to be writing it from the side of I-95, where his car had broken down, though it is unconfirmed whether this is the same spot where the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department eventually confirmed an abandoned Gold Taurus to be his.
Manhunt For Tennessee Man, 23, Who Admits He Killed His Mother And His Friend Police said they were searching for 23-year-old Casey Lawhorn, right, suspected of killing his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and his friend. Police in Tennessee were searching Sunday for a 23-year-old man who admitted in a long Facebook post that he killed his mother and his friend before escaping the scene — possibly leaving the state. Casey Lawhorn called the East Ridge Police Department and told officers he shot his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and his friend, Avery Gaines, early Sunday morning before he drove off, the chattanooga times free press reported. In the now-removed Facebook Post, Lawhorn wrote that he shot and killed both adults "with a stolen .22 [long rifle]." Mississippi's Jasper County Sheriff's Department said on Sunday evening that Lawhorn's car was found abandoned on Interstate 59, but that Lawhorn was not in the vehicle. He's "still presumed to be in Jasper County," officials said, adding that "Lawhorn is armed and considered very dangerous." #rumorbus #Murder #Familymurder #Tennesse #CaseyLawhorn
According to an earlier report by ABC, East Ridge police dispatchers received a call following the Facebook post on Sunday evening from a man they believed to be Lawhorn. In the phone call, Lawhorn directed police to the location of the bodies, admitted to the killings, and told police he was headed to a location north of the city to commit suicide.
In the graphic and confessional Facebook post, which was over 1,000 words long, Lawhorn describes the murders in detail. He admits to shooting his friend once in the head while he slept on the Lawhorns’ couch, before entering his mother’s room and firing twice into the dark.
“She screamed the worst scream I’ve ever heard,” he wrote. “Movies really don’t do justice to how true terror sounds.”
The first two shots were non-fatal, according to Lawhorn, and so, after unjamming the gun, he turned the lights on in the room and fired twice more.
“The whole event took probably 3 or 4 minutes,” he wrote. “I had hoped both were going to be quick and efficient. I didn’t want my mom to suffer, to die in horror, to die with the knowledge that her son did it.”
While Lawhorn admits in the post to struggling in school and contemplating suicide, no specific motive has been identified.
“What I look forward to is the nothingness after death,” he wrote, in concluding the post. “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about murder, wondering what it feels like. But I’ve barely felt anything.”