LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The 37-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her daughter has turned himself into authorities.
According to Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches, Kevin McKelvey, of Lufkin, showed up to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office with his family around 8:15 p.m. Monday.
Sanches said he spoke with McKelvey in a telephone call prior to his arrival in which McKelvey stated he would turn himself in.
McKelvey was surrounded by family before he was taken into custody. According to Sanches, McKelvey's family was very helpful and supportive is help law enforcement.
The double murder occurred in the Cedar Grove community at approximately 11:57 p.m. Sunday. Killed were Teresa Hoyle, 39, and her daughter, Shaunika Hoyle, 22, both of Lufkin. Teresa Hoyle had three children, and her two youngest daughters, 9-year-old twins, were in the car with her when she was shot.
Sanches said Teresa Hoyle and her daughter pulled up to the mother's house in the 100 block of Charlton Rd. in a car driven by an unknown man. McKelvey allegedly used a rifle to shoot and kill Shaunika Hoyle when she entered the house.
At that point, McKelvey allegedly went outside and shot Teresa Hoyle through the passenger window, Sanches said. Teresa Hoyle was struck in the head by the gunfire, and the driver of the car rushed her to Lufkin Memorial Hospital. However, she was pronounced on arrival at the hospital.
The twin girls suffered minor injuries from glass fragments. However, they are safe and are in the custody of a family member.
"Kevin took care of Teresa and the kids, and they had problems just like anybody else but I don't know what happened," said Patrick McKelvey, the uncle of Kevin. "And right now he's the only one that can tell what happened."
"I know that they had some problems but you would always see them together at least once or twice a week," the uncle said.
On Monday, both families were hoping and praying for peace.
"We're praying for the other family because it's a tragedy all the way around," said Linda Harper, the cousin of Teresa Hoyle.
Sanches stated he is glad that the situation ended safely and smoothly and no one was hurt.