Russell Davis doesn’t want his baby brother to be remembered as a “villain” — even though he killed their parents.
James Davis, Jr. shot his parents to death in his dorm room at the Central Michigan University campus following a “domestic situation” on Friday morning, police said. The 19-year-old gunman’s father, James Davis, Sr., was a part-time officer at a small-town police department in Illinois and his mother, Diva Davis, was a real estate broker, according to authorities.
Davis, Jr.’s motive for murdering his parents remains unknown, but his older brother still wants him “safe, supported and prayed for.”
“Please don’t make a villain of my brother,” Russell Davis wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday. “That is NOT who he is…and despite the circumstances, he also lost a mother and father… And I LOVE him. Consider that!”
Davis explained that he’s still struggling to make sense of what happened.
“It’s so surreal,” he continued. “I’m in shock and even in denial…it’s a hard pill to swallow, a heavy load to bear.”
Davis, Jr. remained on the run for 17 hours after shooting his parents to death with a handgun registered to his father.
Surveillance video showed the teen in a campus parking lot holding the weapon before entering his dorm. He was cuffed near a railroad track Saturday morning. Cops said he wasn’t acting rationally and appeared to have hypothermia.
People who know Davis were incredulous after the killing. One of his neighbors said the teen was one of the most “peaceful, low-key dudes” he had ever met.
The campus shooting came as gun violence remains one of the country’s most pressing political issues in light of a horrific high school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead on Feb. 14.