GBI autopsy findings Monday confirmed that the weekend shooting deaths of a 7-year-old and 19-year-old in Macon were the result of a murder-suicide, the coroner says.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said that the autopsy concluded that the cause of death of Jalon Griffin, 7, was a gunshot wound to the head and that the manner of death was homicide. Autopsy findings indicated that the cause of death of Vonn Gibbons, 19, was a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was suicide, Jones said.
“No, we don’t know,” Jones said when asked if authorities have been able to determine why Gibbons shot the boy and then turned the handgun on himself in the hallway of Gibbons’ home at 2280 Arrowwood Drive early Saturday morning. “I don’t think we’ll ever find out because everyone involved is dead.”
Cheryl Cole, Gibbons’ mother, was at home but asleep with the bedroom door closed and the television on when the shooting took place, a family member said.
“My son loved Jalon, and they were real close and I don’t know what to think,” Cole said Monday from the porch of her Arrowwood Drive home. “I wish I had both of them back.”
Cole broke down in tears and said she just couldn’t talk about it before retreating back inside the home. Her sister, Cynthia Hughes, said the family cannot believe that Gibbons would hurt himself much less take another life in the process.
“We don’t know what happened out here,” Hughes said. “We’re just as blindsided like anyone else.”