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Roseburg teen accused of shooting and killing his foster mom, two siblings

Booking photo of Kevin Adams alongside a photo of the crime scene in Lookingglass from our sister station KPIC

A 16-year-old boy shot and killed his foster mother and two siblings at a home in southwest Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office says Kevin Wayne Adams was booked Tuesday night into a juvenile detention facility on charges of aggravated murder. He was being held without bail.

In his arraignment Wednesday afternoon, Adams did not enter a plea. He was charged with four counts of aggravated murder, with possible life in prison with no parole.

Court documents filed Wednesday provide some details about what happened at the home in Lookingglass, an unincorporated community southwest of Roseburg.

Robert Adams, the boy's foster father, called emergency dispatchers shortly before 9 p.m. to report that his foster son killed his family. When deputies arrived, the boy told them the gun was inside the house, Sheriff's Lt. Chris Merrifield wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

When investigators entered the house, they found three bodies. Robert Adams identified them as his wife, Donya Adams, 55; daughter, Amory Adams, 26; and foster daughter, 10-year-old Payshience "Tia" Adams.

A Facebook page that belongs to an Amory Adams of Lookingglass indicates she studied at Umpqua Community College, the same school where a gunman shot 10 people dead and injured nine others in 2015.

Court records indicate Payshience Adams is the suspect's sister.

Robert Adams told investigators he left home at 6:30 p.m. and returned a little more than two hours later to find his foster son outside the home, Merrifield said. The boy told him to call police and not go inside the house.

Adams entered the house and found a gun on his bed and his deceased family.

Merrifield said the boy told investigators he shot his relatives multiple times with a handgun, and then waited for his foster father to return. The court documents don't mention a possible motive for the attack.

A statement from Douglas County authorities said no additional information would be released Wednesday.

Kevin Adams is a junior at Roseburg High School, according to Principal Jill Webber.

A woman called Brenda, who asked to remain anonymous, told KATU News she used to live down the street from the Adams' family. She says Kevin Adams would come over and play with her son frequently; however, there were problems.

"[Kevin] would have outbursts if he didn't' get his way. He would throw things, get violent," said Brenda. "He would have so many outbursts that I couldn't have him coming over anymore; it was too much to handle."

She says his foster mother, Donya, often apologized for his behavior and told her he was going to counseling for his temper. Brenda added she lost touch with the family over the years, but saw Donya and Kevin at a local grocery store several months ago.

"I thought maybe he was getting good counseling out of it. He'd always say good things about his family, which is why this is strange to me," she said.

Even with the outbursts, she says there were never any signs of abuse in the house. She says it's hard to believe there could be any motive, and believes this is a mental health issue.

"Both Robert and her bent over backwards to provide a good environment for them," said Brenda.



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