CREEK COUNTY, Oklahoma - The Creek County Sheriff's Office says a 6-year-old boy was the victim of a murder-suicide.
Deputies said Jennifer Dickerson, 32, killed her son, Jakob, before turning the gun on herself.
The 6 year old was a first grader at Keystone Schools, and the district said he was an exceptional student.
The superintendent said Jakob was a quiet, good student who never got in trouble.
He was a happy boy who did well in school.
Wednesday, Creek County deputies said Jakob's mother shot and killed him before killing herself.
Deputies said someone called them just after 3:00 Tuesday afternoon, worried about the mother and son because she had not taken him to school and no one was able to get in touch with her.
When deputies got to Dickerson's home, they found her lying in bed with Jakob - both dead.
Those who knew her said she was a doting mother who loved her son. They said there weren't any signs she might commit suicide.
A family member said Dickerson left a note but didn't know what it said.
The superintendent said it was a tough day on campus. Teachers talked with students and told them Jakob died.
Counselors will be available should any child need to talk.
The superintendent said the district will be keeping the Dickerson family in their thoughts and prayers.
The sheriff's office requested assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Jakob was a miracle baby, his grandparents say. They say his mother was told she couldn't have children. When she got pregnant, doctors suggested termination, but Jennifer refused and became mom to a healthy baby boy, Jakob.
Jennifer’s mom and dad say there was never any indication that Jennifer might commit suicide and there were certainly no signs she would hurt her son.
“She was the most dedicated mother I've ever seen in my life,” Jennifer’s dad said.
But sometime last Tuesday she took her son’s life, then her own.
“Never seen a sign. We were planning Thanksgiving. We were planning Christmas,” Sherry said. “There was no sign. That's what makes it so hard to wrap my head around.”
Sherry says Jennifer told her Tuesday morning she was keeping Jakob home from school because he wasn’t feeling well. A little later, Sherry says her daughter texted saying she’d left a bag under her parent’s bed and that she loved them. Sherry says she responded, but never heard back.
“So I got to thinking something's wrong,” Sherry said.
She sent her son to check on Jennifer and Jakob, but the house was locked and no one came to the door.
“We all rushed home. I tried to get there and didn't make it in time,” said Sherry.
Sherry and J.R. say they found their daughter and grandson, lying in bed both dead from gunshot wounds.
“There was a note, but it didn't explain anything,” Sherry said.
Inside the bag Jennifer referenced in that text message was a laptop with pictures, along with birth certificates and other papers, Sherry said.
“I don't understand. I'll never understand. I wished she'd left something to explain, but she didn't,” Sherry said. “Treasure that every moment you have with your family.”
Her parents are heartbroken, the days have been a blur ever since…but say they can’t be angry with Jennifer. Instead, J.R. says he’s more angry at himself and says he’s trying to understand what his daughter might have been going through.
“I'm supposed to protect her and him and I didn't do it, so I feel really guilty,” he said. “Even though I hate it. I understand why she didn't leave him behind. I don't think she could have left him, the devastation it would have caused.”