Police have identified the victims of a murder-suicide broadcast live on Facebook.
U.S. Army veteran Jovonie McLendon Jr., 33, of Miamisburg, Ohio, called police just after 11 a.m. on Friday to say he had killed his girlfriend and her son, and was about to do the same to himself. He then followed through, broadcasting his suicide on Facebook Live in a video that has since been removed.
Police said 6-year-old Carter Clemons was pronounced dead at the scene, while his mother, Di’eshia Patterson, 27, was taken to Kettering Medical Center and remained in critical condition on Monday.
The action unfolded in a matter of minutes, Montgomery County, Ohio Police Chief Ron Hess told reporters on Monday, according to the Dayton Daily News.
At 11:32, crews were dispatched after receiving a call. At 11:34 the mother of McLendon’s other child called and said he’d called her explaining the same thing – that he’d killed his girlfriend and her child. At 11:36, crews arrived, Hess said. At 11:37 McLendon’s mother called, saying same thing – he’d killed girlfriend and her son and was going to kill himself. At 11:39 dispatch received yet another call, this one from a friend of McLendon, saying he would be on Facebook Live, Hess said.
Between 11:43 and 11:50, four more calls came in. These said they had just witnessed the suicide on Facebook Live.
Police entered the residence at 11:55 after evacuating two adjacent apartments, Hess said, to find the 33-year-old male – McLendon – deceased, as well as the 5-year-old boy, and the severely wounded 27-year-old woman.
A specific motive for the U.S. Postal Service employee’s actions were not known. Hess said there was no history of calls at the address, where all three lived together. Police said it was not clear when McLendon had killed himself, because they did not hear any shots when they were outside the apartment.
“This will be a long, lengthy investigation,” Hess said. “We have no history at all in our database on him.”