On February 2, 2014, 26-year-old Brenda Lazaro reported that her boyfriend, Jonathan Crews, had committed suicide in his bed. Lazaro claims she and Jonathan were having an argument about another woman, when Jonathan said he’d prove his love to her, and seconds later, shot himself in the chest.
Crews’ family, however, firmly believes that Brenda’s story is false– they do not think their son was suicidal, and do not believe he killed himself.
Read on to learn more about Jonathan Crews.
1. His Girlfriend Claims He Committed Suicide
According to ABC, Lazaro told police that she and Jonathan were in his room, talking and eating, while she sat on the floor and Crews lay on his bed. They had had an argument about another women, she claims. “We were just having a discussion and we were just talking and he just said that he loved me. And I didn’t believe him. He said he was gonna prove that he loves me. I didn’t know he had a gun.”
Lazaro then says Crews told her to cover her ears, at which point she heard a gunshot. When she stood up, she says she found Crews lying dead in his bed with a gunshot wound to his chest.
2. Jonathan’s Sister Claims Brenda Went ‘Crazy’ After the Funeral
In her interview with 20/20, Crews’ sister, Danielle, says Brenda went “crazy” after Jonathan’s funeral. She tells ABC, “She was complaining she wasn’t involved enough… She kind of wanted the funeral to be about her and their love, and I thought, ‘that’s really selfish.’”
Danielle, who had known Brenda for a while at that point, says Brenda then sent her a series of text messages, one of which read: “None of you thought for a second to acknowledge our love during his funeral.”
Tonight, 20/20 will also interview Emily and Jacob Ramsey– a couple who went on a double date with Brenda and Jonathan a few weeks before his death. Emily says that when she and Jonathan hugged hello at the beginning of the date, Brenda became instantly jealous.
The day before his death, Jonathan reportedly told his sister that he was going to end his relationship with Brenda because they had been fighting over his friendship with Emily. On the afternoon of February 2, Emily says she received a text from Jonathan that read, “I want to die.” Emily tells ABC, “I was just kind of like, ‘What’s going on?’ Like, that’s so weird… And I texted him back, saying like, ‘Hey love, are you OK? What’s going on?’” When she and Jacob tried to call Jonathan, he did not pick up.
3. He Was a 27-Year-Old Urgent Care Director
According to his obituary, which you can read here, Jonathan was born on June 10, 1986, and passed away on February 2, 2014. He was the eldest in a family of three children, and graduated from Baylor University in 2009.
Jonathan is survived by his parents, brother, and sister. His father, John, works as a pastor at the nondenominational Heartland Church in Carrollton. Pam, Jonathan’s mother, is an artist.
4. His Cause of Death Is Listed as Undetermined
Jonathan’s autopsy report lists his cause of death as undetermined,
according to Dallas News.
After leaving Baylor, Jonathan went on to work at Dillard’s. At the time of his death, he worked at Concentra, the health care company, where he was the operations director.
5. He Shot Guns Competitively as an Adult
Dallas News reports that Justin was just 7 when his grandfather first him how to shoot a gun. The outlet writes that his first lesson was to learn and repeat the safety rules until he was mature enough to hold a gun.
John Crews, Jonathan’s father, told the outlet, “I would sometimes tease him because, for a while, he had a truck and a shotgun… I’d call him a redneck and he’d say: ‘I am not a redneck. I’m a Southerner.’”
In his spare time, Jonathan also practiced martial arts.