On Saturday, March 2, 19-year-old Central Michigan University student James Eric Davis Jr. was arrested for fatally shooting his parents, James Eric Davis Sr. and Diva Jeneen Davis.
As Dearly previously reported, James and Diva were picking up their son for spring break on March 1 when they were killed. Davis Jr. was on the run until Saturday morning, when a person riding a train spotted the teen walking along the train tracks.
People reports that both Davis Jr.'s brother and sister have spoken out about the tragedy via social media. His sister, Alexis Davis, wrote on Twitter:
Today I lost my parents. The only people that loved me unconditionally. I’m thankful for every single thing they’ve done for me…All I ask is for everyone to keep me and the rest of my family in your prayers. You don’t have to stress no more mom and dad. I love you.
His brother, Russell Matthew Davis, said via Facebook that he still loves his little brother. He asked the media and other opinionated people to refrain from making a “villain” of the teen:
Never thought I’d have to post this type of post, but unfortunately the news is true. My mom and dad both rest from their life of labor and stress in a very tragic event. It’s so surreal, I’m in shock and even in denial... it’s a hard pill to swallow, a heavy load to bear. I can’t wrap my mind around this, nor make any sense of this, but three things I want you to know:
1. I LOVE my Mama/Ma/MaDea and my Dad!! I’m going to MISS THEM!!
2. I STILL LOVE MY BROTHER! I want him safe, supported and prayed for just like my sister Alexis Davis and I.
3. And... I still believe [in] God!! I’m in pursuit of a doctorate... a doctorate in faith... and THIS is my examination!! I shall continue to “in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning me." God got my back!
Thank you to everyone who has called, texted, prayed, came, and so much more already. The coming days will be hard... very hard but continue to pray for us. I may not be able to respond to everyone but know I appreciate your prayers, love and concern! Whatever you do... pray, pray, PRAY!!
One thing I must add... to the media and opinionated people... please don’t make a villain of my brother... that is NOT who he is... and despite the circumstances, he also lost a mother and father... And I LOVE him. Consider that!
Authorities told the media that they were in contact with Davis Jr. the night before the killings because he was exhibiting erratic behavior.
According to People, Davis Jr. told a community police officer that he believed someone was attempting to hurt him. Central Michigan University Police Chief Bill Yeagley explained:
“He said someone was out to hurt him, someone was going to harm him, and the officer calmed him down and tried to gain more information about what was going on. Mr. Davis was very vague and he kept talking about someone having a gun.”
He went on to tell the community officer that he felt threatened by the person he had just rode the elevator with.
The officer reviewed security footage of the elevator ride and said Davis Jr.'s story didn't check out. The person the teen described seemed harmless and they even shared a laugh while in the elevator together.
When the community officer confronted the teen about the footage, Davis Jr. responded by telling him that he was “fine and that he was getting ready to head home for spring break the following day.”
Several hours later, Davis Jr. was seen by police officers in his dorm. He had suitcases in tow and, according to police officers, did not appear to be in a sound state of mind. People reports that he was allegedly “acting 'in a fashion that isn't reasonable or logical.'” Police officers who spoke on the phone with Diva Davis explained her son's bizarre behavior and asked whether Davis Jr. had had issues with drug use in the past.
Diva responded to the officer, telling him that "she too was concerned this could be drugs.”
The following day, Davis Jr. shot his parents to death with what authorities believe to be his father's gun, which may have come from his father's car. James Sr. was a police officer in Bellwood, Illinois, People reports.
A motive for the shooting is still unkown.