Ethan Reid, 23, killed his ex-girlfriend Kaylah Hodges, 20, with a shotgun, in front of their seven-month-old daughter at his mother's home in Scottsville, Kentucky. Hours before the murder, Reid wrote an apology on Facebook, stating that he's "a terrible person after all and was never meant to be happy."
The Allen County Sheriff Department said the couple - whose five years relationship ended recently, got into an argument before Kaylah was fatally shot. Reid's mother, April Riley, was holding her granddaughter when Hodges, who had been living at the family's residence, was killed by her drunk son. Speaking about what happened, April said:
"Kaylah handed me the baby and got around me, and Ethan shoved me and the baby back and went after her. And then I heard a 'pop' and when I got to the edge of the hallway I saw her fall out the front door. That beautiful baby has no parents."
Reid was disarmed by a neighbour, who heard the shooting and went to the house with his own shotgun. He was able to overpower Reid by using the butt of the shotgun to hit his head. He then sat on him until police arrived and arrested him.
Hodges, who was found on the front porch by deputies, was taken to hospital but died due to the nature of her injuries. Reid on the other hand, was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered during the struggle with the neighbour, and is being held in custody on a charge of murder.
Tweets by Ethan before the killing..