Mother and son killed in Tuscaloosa double murder-suicide identified

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WIAT) – The mother and her 8-year-old son who were shot dead in a double murder-suicide in Tuscaloosa early Thursday morning have been identified.

According to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Hinton Place subdivision on the 9700 block of Charolais Drive around 3 a.m. Thursday during a welfare check.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to several witnesses who said Darrin Lamar Patton Jr., 34, may have shot his girlfriend, Derika Shanice McGhee, 29, inside the house during of a domestic dispute.

Darrin Lamar Patton Jr., 34 (Photo courtesy of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

Witnesses fled the residence before the MPs arrived and reported that Patton, McGhee and her 8-year-old son were still inside.

The Tuscaloosa County Tactical Unit was deployed to secure the interior of the residence where officers discovered the deaths of 8-year-old Patton, McGhee and Aiden Carter Williams. Patton was apparently not Williams’ father, authorities said.

No other information has yet been communicated. The investigation is ongoing.

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Mother and son killed in Tuscaloosa double murder-suicide identified

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