An Alaska man is accused of shooting his own sister to death on Thanksgiving, all because she apparently rejected him on Facebook.
Police were called to an apartment complex on Thanksgiving afternoon in Anchorage after a report of a shooting.
“Upon arrival officers located an adult female inside one of the apartments with a gunshot wound to the upper body,” the Anchorage Police Department state in a press release. The victim, 23-year-old Amanda Owen, was shot in the head, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
She was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but died a little more than an hour later. Her older brother Moses Crowe, 27, was arrested the same evening and charged the following day with second-degree murder.
The siblings’ grandmother told investigators that the family got together for Thanksgiving dinner that afternoon, and that Crowe had been up late drinking the night before, according to charging documents obtained by the Anchorage Daily News.
She told investigators that Owen was sitting in a chair holding her 1-year-old son in her lap when her brother confronted her about unfriending or blocking him on Facebook. She said her grandson then pulled a pistol out of his pocket and shot his sibling.
The siblings’ uncle was in the kitchen cooking and he called 911 after hearing a “pop,” according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Crowe allegedly pleaded with his grandma not to call police and said he “didn’t mean it,” according to the charging papers.
“I’m gonna go to jail for life,” he said, according to his grandmother’s recollection.
Another witness provided more details about the moments leading up the the fatal altercation, according to local outlet KTUU. That person said Crowe became enraged after someone at the dinner accused him of caring more about a dog than his own children. This allegedly prompted him to begin ranting about his sister’s supposed Facebook rejection of him, charging documents obtained by the outlet state.
His bail has been set at $500,000. He faces up to 99 years in prison.
It’s not clear if Crowe has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
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