A man shot and killed his former employer and her young son in Tennessee on Friday, before turning the gun on himself as police closed in on him two days later.
According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Jessie Binkley, 31, was found dead from gunshot wounds alongside her nine-year-old son, Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Iacob, inside the family’s home in Bethpage on Friday night.
Evidence gathered at the scene pointed to Kevin Moore, 41, who previously worked for Binkley’s family business, but reportedly had been fired.
Officials in Tennessee say Kevin Moore, 41 (left) shot and killed his former boss, Jessie Binkley, 31, and her son, Ezekiel Iacob, 9 (pictured together, right) on Friday night
The mother and son were found dead inside their home in Bethpage, Tennessee
Moore was briefly added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted List, before investigators received a tip concerning the suspect’s whereabouts.
At around 11am on Sunday, deputies and police officers surrounded Moore’s home on Murray Street in Gallatin and could hear noise coming from inside, reported WKRN.
‘A tactical team arrived, but the occupant refused to emerge,’ a press release stated. ‘The tactical team served the search warrant, and upon entry, discovered Kevin Moore deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.’
At the time of his death, Moore was wanted on two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony in connection to Binkley and Iacob’s deaths.
Police and deputies cornered Moore inside his home in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Sunday morning, at which time he killed himself
Friends and family attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday to pay tribute to the slain mother and son.
Those who knew Binkley highlighted her and her partner’s generosity and charitable work, including a recent $15,000 donation to the organization Christmas4Kids that sponsored 100 kids.
‘I know she truly has the best heart and Zeke, too,’ Taylor Rowe, founder the the local nonprofit Live Love Nashville, told NewsChannel5.
Ezekiel was a fourth-grade student at Jack Anderson Elementary School in Hendersonville, where officials released a statement mourning the child’s death.
‘Our entire school district grieves this tragic loss with the Jack Anderson community,’ the letter said, in part.
Binkley was known in the community for her generosity; her son, Zeke, attended fourth grade
‘He was goofy, silly, full of life,’ Crystal Binkley Jones, Jessie’s sister, said of her young nephew.
Jones paid tribute to her deceased loved ones in an emotional Facebook post on Monday: ‘when Jessie and Zeke were taken away from us I feel like a little piece of me died that day. A piece of my heart belonged to them and they took it with them.’
Jones did not mince words when talking about Moore, whom she described in a separate post as a ‘coward’ and a ‘little b****,’ adding: ‘burn in hell you piece of s***.’
Investigators have not revealed what prompted Moore to target his former employer and her son.
Meanwhile, Rowe has launched an online fundraiser to help Binkley’s family with the funeral expenses, which as of Tuesday has drawn more than $35,000 in donations.