It was 12:34 a.m. Thursday when Jake Evans, 17, picked up the phone and made the call. He told the person on the other end that he felt “suffocated” by his mother Jami Evans, 48 and sister Mallory Evans, 15. Since being pulled out of high school in January to be home-schooled, Jake had spent much of the time with his family. But Jake wasn’t calling a teen hotline for advice from a peer — it was a call to a Texas 911 operator that began with Jake’s flat confession: “Uh, I just killed my mom and my sister.”
Jake Evans’ confession to the 911 operator continued at length. “It’s weird,” he is heard saying on tape. “I wasn’t even angry with them. It just kind of happened. I’ve been kind of planning on killing for a while now.” Jake detailed how he shot his sister Mallory, sending her tumbling to the bottom of the stairs where he shot her repeatedly in the head. Jake continued downstairs where he shot his mother “maybe three or four times. … Obviously, you know, I’m pretty, I guess, evil,” he told the operator.
Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the gated community where the Evans’ lived just south of Aledo, Texas. The authorities arrived to find Evans standing outside the home, his hands already in the air. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler would later tell reporters that there was no known motive for Evans’ crime — and that the teen’s .22 caliber revolver had been taken surreptitiously from his grandfather’s home two weeks before. “He knew where it was kept,” Fowler said. “Does that show premeditation? Yeah. I would say it would.”
Jake Evans has been charged with two counts of capital murder, and remains in the Parker County Jail without bail.
Darryl Evans, Jake’s father, was in Washington, D.C., on a business trip at the time of the shootings. He has not yet made any public comments. Jake Evans’ two older sisters were not at home Thursday night, nor have they spoken publicly about the family tragedy.
Friends of Jake Evans expressed shock after the events. Cole Wooten, who has known the defendant since kindergarten told KVUE, “I just want people to know this action is not how we all know him.” Another classmate, Clint McClellen said “I really liked him. Nicest kid. Quiet, shy, kept to himself, but I liked that about him.”
During his 911 call just minutes after his heinous crime, Evans comes across as a gentle soul: “I’m a little freaked out about guns now. I definitely, you know, I assure you, I definitely don’t like myself… Just to let you know, I hate the feeling of killing someone. I, you know, I’m going to be messed up.”
Toward the end of the call, Jake Evans even expresses worry about the nightmares that are sure to plague him the rest of his life: “I don’t mean to sound like a wimp or anything,” he says, “but this is — wow. I’ve never done anything violent in my whole life, you know?”