A FIRED worker shot and killed his former employer and her young son, before turning the gun on himself as cops closed in on him two days later.
Mom Jessie Binkley, 31, and her nine-year-old son, Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Iacob, were found dead from gunshot wounds inside the family’s home in Bethpage, Tennessee on Friday night.
Jessie Binkley, 31, and her son Ezekiel Iacob, 9, were shot dead in a double murder in Tennessee[/caption]
Kevin Moore, 41, was wanted for first-degree murder, but shot himself[/caption]
It is believed the tragic pair were killed by a former worker, who turned the gun on himself after police tracked him down to his home on Sunday morning.
Evidence gathered at the crime scene led police to suspect Kevin Moore, 41, who previously worked for Binkley’s family business, but reportedly had been fired.
Moore was briefly added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted List, before detectives received a tip-off leading to his home in Gallatin.
At around 11am on Sunday, deputies and police officers surrounded the house and could hear noise coming from inside, reported WKRN.
“A tactical team arrived, but the occupant refused to emerge,” said Sumner County police in a statement.
“The tactical team served the search warrant, and upon entry, discovered Kevin Moore deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
At the time of his death, Moore was wanted on two counts of first-degree murder, as well as aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony in connection to Ms Binkley and her son’s deaths.
Friends and family have paid tribute to the generous and ‘goodhearted’ Ms Binkley, who had recently made a $15,000 donation to the organization Christmas4Kids to sponsor 100 kids.
She truly had the best heart, and Zeke too
“I know she truly has the best heart and Zeke, too,” Taylor Rowe, friend and founder of local nonprofit Live Love Nashville, told NewsChannel5.
“He’s a monster. They were so goodhearted and he robbed them of that. I don’t understand any of it at all.”
Ezekiel was a fourth-grade student at Jack Anderson Elementary School in Hendersonville, which released a statement mourning their pupil’s shock death.
“It is with our deepest regret that we confirm the loss of Ezekiel Iacob, a fourth grader, at Jack Anderson Elementary School,” read the statement.
“Our entire school district grieves this tragic loss with the Jack Anderson community. Jack Anderson is an extremely close knit school community and we know that they will come together to support each other during this terrible tragedy.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Iacob family during this extremely difficult time.”
‘He was goofy, silly, full of life,’ Crystal Binkley Jones, Jessie’s sister, said of her young nephew.
Jones paid tribute to her deceased loved ones in an emotional Facebook post.
“When Jessie and Zeke were taken away from us I feel like a little piece of me died that day,” she wrote.
“A piece of my heart belonged to them and they took it with them.”
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Investigators have not revealed what prompted Moore to target his former employer and her son.
Meanwhile, Ms Rowe has launched an online fundraiser to help the tragic pair’s family with the funeral expenses, which has raised more than $35,000 in donations.