Loved ones of a mother and two young children murdered last week gathered on Monday in Dover, Tennessee, at the Pleasant Hill Freewill Baptist Church to mourn them, while the suspect remains behind bars, reportedly refusing to provide police with a motive for the killings.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities arrested Jordan Hazel, 27, last Thursday at his home off of the 200 block of Mills Drive in north Clarksville, and charged him with two counts of murder. Police arrived at the residence at around 10:40 a.m. and found a woman and two small children deceased from gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as Keara Hazel, 23, Kayden Hazel, 3, and Jaylynn Hazel, 9 months.
Neighbors heard a woman screaming from the home and rushed over to help. The spotted Jordan Hazel and held him down until police arrived. According to the police warrant, Jordan Hazel admitted to police that he shot and killed his family.
During the memorial on Monday, Danny Peppers, who knew the family, told News 2 that Keara Hazel’s parents walked up to the altar at the church and asked for prayers.
“They actually came up to the altar, Tim and Karen, and we prayed with them and laid hands on them. I actually talked to Keara’s mom and I just hugged her and I said I am so glad to see you here and she said there is no where else I can be.”
Meanwhile, people in the community are distraught over the incident and are searching for answers.
“It is just terrible. I have a 3-year-old, so if something happened to my daughter… It makes me want to cry,” Dover resident Katherine Bahr told News 2. “I’m tearing up right now, but it is horrible to have someone snap like that, someone so young and the children.”
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information on the crime or anyone with details about the family that’s relevant to the investigation should contact Detective McClintock at 931-648-0656, ext. 5465, or call the TIPS LINE at 931-645-8277.
Hazel’s first court date is September 21. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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