Texas mother Christy Sheats, who reportedly shot and killed her two daughters before being taken out by police gunfire on June 24, might have objected to her daughter’s fiance prior to the shooting.
Taylor Sheats, Christy’s 22-year-old daughter, was set to marry fiance Juan Sebastian Lugo on June 27 in a small ceremony following her college graduation, the Daily Mail reports. Maria Lugo, Juan’s sister, posted a tribute to her would-be sister-in-law — as well as Taylor’s sister, Madison — on Facebook.
"Yall were part of our family, and that will never change," Maria wrote, according to the Daily Mail. "The greatest in laws any one could ever have, and the sweetest, most wholesome and caring girls in my life. I look up to yall so much. Y'all were a light in the midst of this crazy world. We will love you two until the end of time."
The potential motive emerged as details continued to become public about the fatal shooting, which occurred during an argument at the family’s home.
Christy reportedly called a family meeting at the home and then proceeded to open fire on her daughters. The girls ran out of the house along with their father, Jason Sheats, but Madison collapsed and died. Christy also ran outside and shot Taylor once more in the street. A witness told People Magazine that Christy went back into the house and reloaded her gun before returning to shoot her 22-year-old daughter a third time. Jason was the only one to come out of the incident alive.
Madison Davey, a close family friend, told KTRK that Jason said Christy shot her daughters because she wanted him to suffer.
"He told Christy, 'Just shoot yourself. Make it easy on all of us, just shoot yourself,' and she said, 'No, that's not what this is about, this is about punishing you,'" Davey said.
"I always knew something would happen, but I never thought she would do this," Davey added. "Christy was toxic for the family. She was mentally unstable.”
Christy, who reportedly had a history of mental illness, was an avid supporter of the Second Amendment — often expressing her views on Facebook.
"It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns,” she wrote in a post in March.