‘Cool loner dude’ allegedly kills young mom and her 4-year-old daughter, then leads police on high speed chase

Texas police have arrested a man after he allegedly murdered a young mom and her 4-year-old daughter, according to KXAN.

Authorities made the arrest after Keith Lane Hawkins, 19, lead them on a high speed chase through the town of Hutto, eventually crashing into three vehicles in the parking lot of an auto repair shop.

The alleged murders of Alyssa Runyon, 24, and her daughter Zaylynn occurred on August 8 in Kansas, over 500 miles away from where investigators finally caught up to the suspect.

Police have not announced a possible motive for the double murder but they have noted that there was some sort of relationship between Hawkins and Runyon, as reported by KWCH. An autopsy report has indicated that both victims died from multiple stab wounds.

Little Zaylynn’s grandmother, Angelica Maria Moreno-Ibarra, spoke to reporters and expressed grief over the tragic loss.

“I couldn’t believe that someone would hurt my little girl,” she said.

Additionally, friends of Hawkins expressed disbelief that he was capable of a crime this gruesome.

“Everyone knew Keith really; especially if they went to the high school. He was kind of that the cool loner dude sometimes, but then again he could hang out with really big groups of friends, but he was always there if you needed someone to talk to,” said Shelly Cowart, a friend of the suspect.

Due to the litany of crimes he allegedly committed while on the run, police say it will be some time before Hawkins is extradited from Texas to Kansas to face those murder charges. His Texas charges include unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and being a “fugitive from justice, out of state.”

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