A man believed to be romantically involved with a 14-year-old Texas cheerleader fatally shot her before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
Tristan Dilley, a cheerleader at Silsbee High School, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in her Buna home on Oct. 1, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.
The next day, suspect Paul Adams shot himself to death in a wooded area. Authorities say he bought a hatchet, rope and handcuffs before the slaying, according to the newspaper.
Police believe the 22. Caliber revolver used in the suicide was the same one used to kill Dilley.
The girl reportedly met Adams through a relative who warned him to stay away from her because he was too old for her.
Adams had told his mother and investigators that he was at Dilley’s home when the shooting occurred, Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman told the paper.
He denied he was the gunman and blamed an intruder had shot the teen. Police tried to get him to serve as a witness, but he fled to the woods where he had set up a tent, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Cops managed to track down Adams, and as they were approaching him, he shot himself in the head, according to the paper.