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On Sept. 12, 2015, Terry Majors posted a photo of his young grandson Ty on Facebook. The little boy, wearing a pair of tiny Nike joggers, stood on a patch of dying grass, and stared upward in bewilderment, perhaps at the gray sky.
“Our precious grandson Ty is his Grandma's pride and joy...the sunshine in her heart,” the Nashville man wrote, who also tagged his wife, Leigh Shea Majors, in the post.
But nearly four years later, Majors, his wife, Leigh, 61, and 6-year-old grandson Ty Dodson are dead — all shot to death — and the 64-year-old grandfather is accused of gunning them down before killing himself in their Tennessee home, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The Majors’ 4-year-old granddaughter, who escaped the Saturday attack, darted to a neighbor’s home for help.
Police have released very little information on the double-murder suicide and haven’t yet announced a motive. However, a Nashville Metro Police spokesperson told Oxygen.com that a .357 calibre pistol was recovered from the crime scene. They declined to comment further while the investigation is ongoing.
Ty had only turned 6 roughly two weeks before he was killed, according to local television station WKRN. His Uncle Chase Dodson also told the local television station that Ty’s father passed away just weeks before he was born and that the boy had been raised by his mother and stepfather in Kentucky. Dodson explained that it was normal for Ty to spend weekends with his grandparents in Nashville.
Ty, who reportedly earned the scholastic nickname, “Ty the Science Guy,” was beloved by his teachers, WKRN also reported.
“It’s so hard… when those kids come into your classroom, they become your own and I can’t describe how much I love Ty,” Tabitha Collins, the boy’s former pre-school teacher, told WKRN.
“It’s just, why?” she asked. “He’s so young.”
Collins said the 6-year-old was a caring brother and had aspired to be a police officer as an adult.
“He was constantly smiling and wanting to take care of everyone,” she added. “He has a little sister that’s in preschool this year, who he walks in and just makes sure that she would get to school and in the classroom okay. Very smart, very curious.”
Neighbors of the Majors, who described the elderly couple as loving grandparents, also expressed total disbelief in response to the killings.
“I’m just as dumbfounded as everybody else is to why something like this had happened,” Chely Wilson also told WKRN. “I know that they loved their grandkids very, very much.”
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