Boy killed in murder-suicide remembered by Norwood Elem. School

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Dylan Akers was a student at Norwood Elementary School.  On Monday, there were grief counselers on hand for any student or teacher who wanted to talk.

The school's principal issued a statement about little boy who was killed in a suspected murder-suicide on Saturday.

"Norwood Elementary School was saddened to hear of the death of Dylan Akers. Dylan was a sweet young man with a gentle spirit who was loved by staff and students. The staff would like to express their condolences to Dylan's family."

Beth Lackey
Principal
Norwood Elementary School

Update: 5:00 a.m., Monday, April 4

UT Medical Center has confirmed to 10 News that Mary Baker, the grandmother of eight-year-old Dylan Akers, died Sunday.

Baker is accused of killing Akers in a murder-suicide Saturday night at convenience store in North Knoxville. 

A store worker found the eight-year-old Akers shot and killed inside the Kenjo Market bathroom Saturday night.  Baker was also in the bathroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but was still alive when emergency crews arrived and transported her to UT Medical Center.

Previous story: Sunday, April 3

Knoxville Police have identified an eight-year-old boy killed in a murder and attempted suicide at a North Knoxville convenience store.

A store worker found eight-year-old Dylan Akers Saturday night inside a bathroom at KenJo Market at the intersection of Merchants Drive and Central Avenue Pike. His grandmother, 54-year-old Mary Baker, was also in the bathroom. Authorities believe Baker shot her grandson and then turned the gun on herself.

Dylan died at the scene. First responders transported Baker to UT Medical Center. Investigators say Baker left a suicide note at the scene.

Meanwhile neighbors are still talking about what happened Saturday night.

"(People have been) asking us what happened. Asking us who she is- did we know her?" said Linda Meyer, who works across the street from the KenJo. "And we don't know who it is. We don't know who she is. I mean, she could've been a customer."

 At last check, Baker was listed in critical condition.

Previous Story: 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2

A child is dead after what police call a murder and attempted suicide at a North Knoxville convenience store.

It happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday at the KenJo Market at the intersection of Merchants Drive and Central Avenue Pike.

Officers say the child was an 8-year-old boy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the shooter is a 54-year-old female relative who turned the gun on herself, but survived. She was transported to UT Medical Center.

The case is still under investigation and the Knoxville Police Department has not released the names of those involved.

Previous Story: Saturday, April 2

Police are investigating a murder in North Knoxville.

Crews were called to the KenJo Market at the intersection of Merchants Drive and Central Avenue Pike around 9:30 Saturday night.

Authorities said one person died and another was taken to UT Medical Center. The victim's condition was not known.

Police have not identified either victim.

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