Crime

Mother Of Slain Twin Daughters: My Boyfriend 'Made Me Hold Them When He Killed Them'

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Megan Hiatt.Megan Hiatt.

In a Jacksonville, Florida, murder-suicide, a mother was forced to hold her twin daughters as her boyfriend shot and killed them, then targeted her and her father, as well as himself.

“My boyfriend shot me, my twins, my dad and my best friend,” Megan Hiatt, 22, told the 911 operator on Nov. 13, reported Fox 2 Now. "Please help."

Gawain Rushane Wilson, 28, shot and killed himself after committing the murders.

Hiatt is the only member of her family to survive the attack.

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Hiatt’s twin girls were 5 months old; Wilson was their father. 

She crawled through her children’s blood on the floor to reach her father to hear his last words, reported First Coast News.

“[God] gave Megan the strength to drag her body across the room,” Hiatt’s mother, Melissa Bateh, told First Coast News. "She had to crawl through her babies' blood, then through the shooter's blood, and to her dad to hear his last words. He wanted her to tell her brother that he was the best son ever and he loved him. That was God's hand."

Hiatt is recovering in the hospital from injuries sustained in the shooting. She has reportedly had multiple surgeries and lost an eye after being shot in the head, reported Fox 2 Now. 

It is unknown why Wilson attacked the family, but Fox 2 News reports Hiatt may have been moving out of the family home with the help of her father.

"None of us knows," Bateh told First Coast News. "No one knows that. And this goes negative, but on some level, he was a victim. I wish he felt there were other options, but I can't hate him. I can't. I know a mother lost a son, and she loved him. Only son and she loved him." 

Bateh thinks five bullets struck her daughter as she held her dead children.

"'Mama, he killed them,'" Bateh said, reciting what Hiatt told her. "'He killed them in my arms. He made me hold them when he killed them. He made me watch.' I knew, I didn't ... I couldn't imagine someone doing that, holding your own children while someone kills them."

Before the shooting, there were signs of domestic abuse in Hiatt and Wilson’s relationship, according to First Coast News.

Wilson would reportedly grab her, although he never struck her, Hiatt told her mother. He would break things — candles, electronics and other household items — when he became angry.

Wilson also allegedly tried to control Hiatt by not allowing her to drive a car he purchased or by taking her phone away.

Bateh said he was also verbally abusive. Wilson reportedly called Hiatt "fat" after she gave birth to the twins.

"The babies were 3 days old and he would ask, 'When are you going to start losing weight?' She hadn't even left the NICU,” Bateh said.

Hiatt stayed with Wilson to keep her family together.

"She felt like her girls deserved a family, and too many people give up," Bateh told First Coast News.

Hiatt plans to use the grace of God to cope after the tragedy, her mother said.

"Those precious little ones are just angels, so special they didn't have to live very long on this Earth,” Bateh said.

Sources: Fox 2 Now, First Coast News / Photo credit: GoFundMe