Christy Sheats, the Texas mom who murdered her two daughters last week, did so to punish her husband, Jason Sheats, according to ABC affiliate KTRK.
As previously reported, Christy, 42, shot and killed her daughters — Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17 — at their Katy, Texas, home on Friday, June 24. Now a close friend of the family claims, after speaking with Jason, that Christy shot Taylor and Madison out of spite.
“He told Christy, ‘Just shoot yourself. Make it easy on all of us, just shoot yourself,’ and she said, ‘No, that’s not what this is about, this is about punishing you,'” Madison Davey told KTRK. “I always knew something would happen, but I never thought she would do this. Christy was toxic for the family. She was mentally unstable.”
Christy and Jason, who recently reconciled, have been visited by law enforcement before. According to the Associated Press, police had been called to their home 14 times since 2012. Some calls were “related to alarm issues,” but other situations couldn’t legally be disclosed.
According to NBC News, Christy shot her daughters at a family meeting, which she asked for. “During that meeting, Christy Sheats held up a gun and shot both girls,” the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday, June 28, via NBC News. The girls and their dad then fled the scene. Madison collapsed and died, while Taylor — who was shot twice more in the street — later passed away at Texas Medical Center. Authorities shot and killed Christy when she wouldn’t put down her .38-caliber handgun.
Following the incident, Jason was taken to the hospital because he was so distraught. KTRK reports that his daughters’ will be laid to rest in Alabama later this week.
“He was the best dad ever. I would hang out with him and he loved being around us. And they were so funny — for sisters, you would think they would fight, but no. They loved each other a lot and were always laughing,” Davey told KTRK. “He would do anything to protect them and he tried to, but Christy was out to kill that day.”
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