A 14-year-old Texas cheerleader was shot in the head and killed in her home last week by a 19-year-old man with whom she was in a relationship.
Dallas News reports that Tristan Dilley was found lying face down in bed at her home in Buna on Oct. 1, two days before her 15th birthday. She was a cheerleader at Silsbee High School.
Dilley reportedly believed her suspected killer, Paul Audrey Adams, was 16. She was introduced to him through a relative who warned her to stay away because he was too old.
Police believe the two were trying to meet up while Dilley’s parents were away. There was no sign of a struggle or forced entry into the home. The family went out shopping and Dilley stayed behind. Upon the family’s return, Dilley’s 13-year-old brother discovered her body on her bed.
“From what we could gather, they were trying to see each other when her mother was gone,” Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said.
According to Adams’ mother, Paul called her soon after the incident to tell her he was at the home when the shooting occurred, though he said it was an armed robber who shot Dilley. When police later tried to contact him to serve as a witness, he fled into the woods where he set up a tent.
He had a rope, hatchet, and the same .22 caliber handgun used to shoot Dilley with him, and when police approached his position, he shot himself in the head.
“He ruined two families,” Newman said. “Not just hers, but he ruined his, too.”
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