Jacob Stockdale, 25, an Ohio man who was once on the popular TV show ‘Wife Swap’, has been found with a self-inflicted wound to the head, after he shot his mother and brother.
Police also found the remains of his victims in the home, 54-year-old mother Kathryn Stockdale, and his younger brother, 21-year-old James Stockdale.
Police received a hang-up 911 call and made it to the scene just minutes after Stockdale had shot himself.
“This is a tragedy for the family. It is a tragedy for the community,” Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said, adding, “It’s hard to surmise what the motive may have been. There’s some speculation.”
Jacob played fiddle alongside James and their father, Timothy Stockdale, in the Stockdale Family Band. Kathryn worked as the band’s manager, according to WEWS.
Formed in 2004, the Stockdale Family band originally included Jacob’s older brothers, Calvin and Charles, who left the group when they moved out of Stark County.
In 2008, the band was featured on ABC’s “Wife Swap,” a reality show in which women from different backgrounds trade families for two weeks. The Stockdales were depicted as a deeply religious family that prohibited swearing, TV and video games. Both Jacob and James were homeschooled.
Timothy, who was not home when the alleged murders took place, issued a statement lamenting the death of his wife.
“Kathy has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons,” he said, according to WEWS. “She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother. She had a strong love of learning and was passionate about her Christian faith, natural health, and organic farming.”
Calvin described his brother, James, as a talented musician who was studying business in college.
“James, our youngest brother, has always been a catalyst of family fun,” Calvin said in a statement. “Aside from being a gifted musician, James enjoyed dancing and had an innate love of people.”
The motive for the shooting wasn’t clear, but police say it might have been related to the family band business.
The band has shows booked in the local area all throughout the summer.