Police today announced the discovery of a murder-suicide scene in a Sycamore Drive home in Prattville, Alabama.
According to authorities, Mitchell K. Warren murdered his friend, Wellesley C. Owen, on Tuesday night, August 20. Police have only released minimal details until the investigation provides more details.
Here’s what you should know.
1. Warren Stabbed His Childhood Friend to Death
Thompson: Mitchell warren killed Wellesley Owen with bladed weapon. Then killed himself. Both 19 years old
— Jessica Gertler (@jgertler_ANN) August 21, 2013
Preliminary autopsy results received today from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences confirmed that Mitchell K. Warren murdered his childhood friend, Wellesley C. Owen, according to montgomeryadvertiser.com. Both teens were 19 years old.
Police were called to a Prattville, Alabama, home shortly after 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday night where they found two dead teenagers, according to AL.com. Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson has confirmed that the teens died of knife wounds to their bodies on the first floor of the home.
Police did not find any signs of a struggle or a suicide note. Police do not currently know a motive for the murder-suicide.
2. Two Knives Were Found at the Scene
Police Chief Thompson confirmed that Owen was stabbed in his front by Warren, who then took his own life. Two bladed weapons were used in the event. A kitchen knife and a hunting knife were found at the scene.
Thompson did not reveal how many times the teens were stabbed.
3. The Mother of One Boy Discovered Their Bodies
The mother of one of the deceased teens discovered the bodies around 7 p.m. Tuesday night when she and her husband returned home. According to AL.com, the teens were last seen earlier that day around 4 p.m.
4. The Event Occurred in a Home on Sycamore Drive
The murder occurred in a home on Sycamore Drive in Pratville, Alabama. The street is located just off of Fairview Ave (Highway 14). It is also closely located to the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson has confirmed that the teens died on the first floor of the home.
5. Both Boys Were Graduates of Prattville Christian Academy
Both Warren and Owen are graduates of the Prattville Christian Academy and were relatively religious observers according to AL.com.
Been too long since I just sat down and read some Bible.
— Mitchell K. Warren (@Brobantio) July 18, 2012
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6. There Were Many RIP Tweets for Warren, But Few For Owen
Weirdly enough, friends of the boys have taken to Twitter to mourn their friends, but at this point, far more messages have been left for Warren than for Owen, who is the victim in the murder.
It's easy to be different. But the question has always been wether you wanted it. @Brobantio you were man among the boys.
— Erich Wu (@datasiander) August 21, 2013
Literally there is a tragedy around every corner lately, RIP Mitch Warren
— Dylan Hooks © (@dhooks33) August 21, 2013
R.I.P. Mitch Warren. Seems like I just had class with you in 8th grade yesterday.
— Adam Brown (@ACBreezy17) August 21, 2013
RIP Wellesley Owen and Mitch Warren.. Went to elementary school and church with Wellesley but idk the other. Praying for the families!!!!!!!
— Melissa Fryer (@melfryer123) August 21, 2013
R.I.P Wellesley Owens & Mitch Warren. God gained two talented angels
— Brooke Beasley (@brookerae94) August 21, 2013
Heaven received an awesome angel. Tragic to hear about you brother. Rest in peace Mitch. Prayers going out to the Warren family.
— Matt Muntifering (@throwinbigmoney) August 21, 2013
7. Owen Was a Pre-Med Student
According to Owen’s Facebook profile, he was a pre-med student at Auburn University Montgomery. AUM is a coeducational public university with more than 5,500 students. AUM’s School of Business ranks in the top 5% of business schools in the world, according to Wikipedia.
8. Warren Was a Dishwasher at a Local Restaurant
According to his Facebook profile, Warren was a dishwasher at a local Prattville restaurant called the Catfish House. The restaurant is not going to be releasing a statement about Warren and refused to make a statement on the story.
9. Warren Was a Marijuana Advocate
Like many young people in America, Warren had strong feelings about marijuana and its legality. He shared his thoughts periodically on his Twitter account.
Marijuana got 50,000 more votes than Obama on Tuesday.
— Mitchell K. Warren (@Brobantio) November 11, 2012
— Mitchell K. Warren (@Brobantio) June 28, 2012
10. It’s the 3rd Murder-Suicide in Recent Prattville History
The tragedy of a murder-suicide, especially in a small town, is very hard to forget, especially if it’s happened before. Prattville has had at least two other murder-suicide cases; one in 2012 and another in 2008. In June 2012, Edward Kelley murdered his 18-year-old daughter Marie Kelley. After shooting her, he turned the weapon on himself and ended his own life, according to AL.com. The eNews Courier has a report from 2008 of another Prattville man, 49-year-old Ronald Eden Miller Jr. killed his 43-year-old wife Kay Cain Miller, also with the use of a gun.