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UPDATE: Coroner Says Brother Killed Brother, then Self

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 6/28/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators are trying to figure out how a 12-year-old boy wound up shooting and killing his 9-year-old half brother, before turning the gun on himself.

The two were found dead in their grandparents' home in Jackson. The coroner says each boy had a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators also say there might never be an explanation for what happened.

While they are looking into the whys and hows of this case, the boys’ grandfather told WSAZ.com he knows it was all just an accident. Understandably, he didn't want to talk on camera, but he says he knows his grandkids, and knows that none of this was intentional.

Investigators, however, are still looking for clues.

The boys' autopsies revealed what most investigators already believed.

“I wasn't surprised. I spent a lot of hours there on the scene that day,” Coroner Gregory Hawker said. “And that was the number one theory there in my mind.”

The coroner says there was no sign of a struggle. The younger boy was found sitting in a chair.

“If you'd walked in from the back, you'd just think he was watching television, just seemed like a natural unalarmed position,” Dr. Hawker said.

The coroner says the gun belonged to the boy's grandfather. It was usually kept on top of a large bureau, about 6 feet off the ground.

“Most of us believe our children would never-- we tell them not to touch the guns -- they're not going to touch the guns,” Hawker said. “But no matter how good our kids are or how well intentioned, especially young boys in Appalachia. I was the same way when I was his age; I had a fascination for guns.”

But he says that's not what's at the center of all this.

“Is this a story about guns?” WSAZ.com asked.

“No, it's really not in my mind,” Hawker said. “And most of the story the heart of the story we may never know. Like what was the intention. What was going on?”

So for now, investigators will continue interviewing folks close to the boys and combing over computers from inside the home, in hopes of someday understanding.

The coroner says Austin really developed a fascination with weapons during the past couple of weeks, and that's one of the things being looked at on the computers.

He says that's another important takeaway for parents: Know what your kids are interested in and be sure to talk to them about safety.



UPDATE 6/27/13 @ 6:35 p.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A community is trying to recover after receiving the shocking news that a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his 9-year-old brother before turning the gun on himself.

The Coy family has known Austin Wiseman and Blake Campbell for years. The boys were in scouts together.

"He was my really best friend," James Coy said.

Austin and Jessica were in the same class at school.

"He always made me laugh no matter what," Jessica Coy said. "And he always had a huge smile on his face."

For mom Tammy, the last 24 hours have been some of the most difficult she's spent as a mother.

"The hardest part is trying to explain to my son what happened," Tammy Coy said.

The tragedy leaves behind a lot of unanswered questions.

"It's just been really hard," Jessica said. "It's unreal. Like why does it have to happen to him?"

And still, disbelief.

"Did you ever think that something like this could happen?" WSAZ.com asked.
"Not in a million years," Jessica said.

Tammy says it's been a lesson on life and death that came too soon.

"I just don't think he understands truly what death means," Tammy said.

As she prepares nine-year-old James to go to his first funeral.

"I'm really excited I can see him one more time," James said.

"It's hard because he goes, well will I see him at scouts on Thursday?" Tammy said. "And I'm like, no James, you won't."

The mayor of Jackson says it's a time for people to come together.

"We just have to stay strong," Mayor Randy Heath said. "We have to, you know, believe in ourselves, believe in our community and always have to believe that better will result."

As the Coys talk about what comes next.

"I just try to say, you know... They're in Heaven," Tammy said.

And James wishes he had the chance to tell Blake one last thing.

"You're gonna be good in Heaven," James said. "Because God is gonna be up there and God will take care of you."

The Jackson County coroner says he spoke with the boys' pediatrician and there was no history of mental health issues.



UPDATE 6/27/13 @ 3:55 p.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – Autopsy results have been released in the case of two young boys found shot to death in their grandparents home.

Jackson County Coroner Dr. Gregory Hawker tells WSAZ.com that 12-year-old Austin Wiseman shot and killed his half-brother, 9-year-old Blake Campbell, and then turned the gun on himself

Hawkers says each boy had a gunshot wound to the head.

Jackson Police Chief Carl Eisnaugle says it's not clear whether the first shooting was accidental. And he says it will be extremely hard to determine.

Earlier Thursday, Dr. Hawker Told WSAZ.com that .44-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

Right now there is still no word on a motive and the coroner says they may never know what led to the boys' deaths.

Jackson Police Chief Carl Eisnaugle says the brothers were found dead in a home on East South Street Wednesday morning.

The boys were found by their grandparents in an upstairs bedroom of their grandparent’s home, where they had been living.

"Our community is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our sympathies go out to all those who have been affected," Chief Eisnaugle said.

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UPDATE 6/27/13 @ 11:35 a.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators say they are not searching for any suspects in connection with the deaths of two young boys.

In a press release from the Jackson Ohio Police Department, Chief Carl Eisnaugle says that 12-year-old Austin Wiseman and 9-year-old Blake Campbell were found dead in a home on East South Street Wednesday morning.

The half-brothers had been shot to death.

Police say the boys were found by their grandparents in an upstairs bedroom of their grandparents home, where they had been living.

Police say they are not searching at this time for any other persons who might have been directly connected with the incident.

Dr. Gregory Hawker says the Franklin County coroner is conducting the autopsies on the bodies of the boys.

Hawker says a .44-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene, but can't say if it was the gun used in the shootings.

Hawker says he should have preliminary autopsy results later Thursday, and he may have more information to release at that time.

"Our community is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our sympathies go out to all those who have been affected," Chief Eisnaugle said.

The Jackson Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff and BCI is handling the investigation.



UPDATE 6/27/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – The Jackson County, Ohio Coroner tells WSAZ.com that autopsies are underway on two brothers found shot to death in the City of Jackson Wednesday.

Dr. Gregory Hawker says the Franklin County coroner is conducting the autopsies.

Hawker says a .44-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene, but can't say if it was the gun used in the shootings.

The boys, 9 and 12, were found dead in an upstairs bedroom at the home on East South Street Wednesday morning.

Hawker says he should have preliminary autopsy results later Thursday, and he may have more information to release at that time.

The boys' names have not been released.

Hawker also says DNA and gunshot residue was collected at the scene.

The Jackson Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff and BCI is handling the investigation.

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UPDATE 6/26/13 @ 9 p.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two children were found shot to death in a home in Jackson, Ohio.

Jackson Police tell WSAZ.com the brothers, ages 9 and 12, were found shot to death in their grandparents' home on East South Street.

Their bodies were discovered in an upstairs bedroom about 11:05 Wednesday morning.

Two BCI units, the Jackson Police Department, and the Jackson Sheriff’s Department processed the scene Wednesday.

Jackson Police Chief Carl Eisnaugle says they still don't know anything about what led to this.

"It's a shock," Eisnaugle said. "We don't know anything about any whys."

Police are not saying anything about who may have pulled the trigger.

The community is in disbelief over Wednesday’s horrific deaths.

"That's crazy to think two young boys are dead, and no one knows anything about it," neighbor Michael Hatley said.

"I just hope the community comes together for the family and just prays with them and grieves with them," neighbor Kindra Massie said.

There is no word on whether anyone else was home at the time of the shooting.

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ORIGINAL STORY 6/26/13
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Police in Jackson, Ohio, are investigating the deaths of two children.

A Jackson Police dispatcher tells WSAZ.com they received the call around 11:05 Wednesday morning.

The investigation is taking place on East South Street in Jackson.

We're told a house and a garage apartment behind the residence are blocked off with crime scene tape.

The Jackson County Sheriff is referring all question to the Jackson Police Department. He does say BCI is on its way to assist in the investigation.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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