mySA.com reported that a 14-year-old Silsbee High School cheerleader was fatally shot Sunday while her family was out shopping. Young victim Tristan Dilley stayed home after claiming she was tired from a school dance the night before. When her family returned after their outing, “her mother hollered at her and when she didn’t answer, she told her brother to go upstairs and wake her up,” Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said. Dilley’s 13-year-old brother made the gruesome discovery – his sister was lying facedown on her bed with two gunshot wounds to the head.
Tristan’s phone gave investigators insight into what happened at her mother’s Buna home. Her room did not show any signs of a struggle, and there was no evidence of forced entry. Upon investigating her cell phone, officials came across a male’s name that Dilley told her family was a 16-year-old boy named Adam. Officials learned the real identity of the contact as 19-year-old Paul Audrey Adams from Vidor, Newman said.
They met through a relative who later confronted Adams, telling him to leave Dilley alone because he was too old for her. Officials managed to track down Adams to a wooded area in Orange County. When two deputies from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office approached him, Adams raised a gun to his head and took his own life, Newman said. A suicide note was found on the hood of Adams’ vehicle and the .22 caliber Magnum revolver he used on himself was used to kill Dilley. Officials have not released a possible motive for the killing.
Dilley was killed just two days before she could celebrate her 15th birthday. The young cheerleader was described as a vivacious and outgoing teenager. She participated in junior varsity cheerleading squad and track, volleyball and basketball teams. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m., according to her obituary.
Crime Facts at a Glance 2014 According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:
- There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
- The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
- During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and under.
- Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
- There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
- 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
- There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.
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