TV star just shot himself after allegedly murdering his mother and brother. This is devastating.
One family that was featured on the reality tv show, Wife Swap, is going through one of the most devastating times of their lives. One of the family members, 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale, is now in critical condition after shooting himself in the head.
Apparently Jacob shot and killed both his brother, 21-year-old James Stockdale, and his mother, 54-year-old Kathryn Stockdale, before trying to kill himself. Apparently he shot them with a shotgun that they had at the house.
“Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said officers investigating a 911 hang-up call Thursday afternoon spotted someone through an open door of the family home and heard a gunshot go off as they approached the Beach City residence.”
Jacob and James were both part of the Stockdale Family band known for bluegrass music with their father, Timothy Stockdale.
“This is a tragedy for the family. It is a tragedy for the community,” the sheriff said.
When the Stockdale family was portrayed on the show, they were known as “devoutly religious.” The parents were very strict with the kids banning swearing, television, and video games. All of the kids were even homeschooled at the time that they were on the show.
Timothy and Kathy were married for 32 years, and he described her as a “passionate about her Christian faith” and devoted to health and organic farming.
“Kathy has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons. She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother,” Timothy Stockdale said in a statement.
The family released a statement thanking fans and friends for all of their support during this time of grief and anger. Calvin says that James was always a catalyst of family fun and that they were going to miss him dearly.
“James, our youngest brother, has always been a catalyst of family fun,” Calvin Stocksale said. “Aside from being a gifted musician, James enjoyed dancing and had a innate love of people.”
Calvin also shared that Jacob “is still in critical condition and we are praying for his physical recovery as our family makes funeral plans and begins the healing process.”
I can’t imagine the pain that this family must be feeling right now. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they make funeral arrangements for their mom and brother.
This is devastating…