EAST RIDGE, TN (WDAM) - The brother of Casey Lawhorn, who is suspected of killing his mother and a friend in Tennessee before killing himself in Jasper County, spoke in an interview with WRCB about losing two family members.
Casey James Lawhorn, 23, was found dead about 100 yards from the spot where his car was found abandoned Sunday on Interstate 59. Casey confessed to killing his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and friend, Avery Gaines, in a Facebook post Sunday.
Chad Lawhorn does not understand why his brother killed his mother and then himself.
"What he did, I think, was monstrous, but I don't think he was a monster. I think he was sick," Chad said in the interview.
Chad said the man who committed these brutal crimes was not the little brother he adored.
"It seems like a bad dream, something alien happened here," Chad said. "I do not understand it all."
While at his Nashville apartment Sunday, Chad received a phone notification that Casey had wired him $250 for damages.
"The first thing that came to my mind was self-harm, not any of this," Chad said.
Chad told WRCB he repeatedly tried calling his brother and mother, but no one answered.
"I grabbed my keys, put my shoes on and got in the car and drove to Chattanooga," Chad said.
When he showed up to his mother's home, he found detectives at a crime scene.
"I don't understand half the things that I am feeling," Chad said. "It was my brother, but he took my mother. I am angry, but I am also just heartbroken."
Chad said Casey spent time in multiple mental health facilities over the past five years, but he was never considered a danger to the public. The gun used in the crime was stolen from a friend, according to WRCB.
"Whoever that was took my mom and my brother from me," Chad continued. "They were the closest blood that I had. Now, I do not have them."