The Latest: Friend: Son of slain parents a ‘good kid’
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at Central Michigan University (all times local):
A close friend of an Illinois couple shot allegedly shot to death by their 19-year-old son in his college dorm room in Michigan says something “out-of-character” must have occurred.
Jordan Murphy tells The Associated Press Sunday that Eric Davis Sr. and his wife, Diva (DYE-va), were “doting parents” and that James Eric Davis’ Jr. is a “good kid.”
Davis Jr. faces murder and gun charges in the Friday morning deaths of his parents at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. They were helping Davis Jr. pack for spring break. Davis Jr. fled the dorm after the shooting and was arrested Saturday morning.
Murphy worked from 2004 to 2008 with Davis Sr. in Chicago as Illinois Army National Guard recruiters. Murphy also said his family lived within 2 miles of the Davis family in suburban Plainfield. Murphy now lives in St. Johns, Florida.
A Central Michigan University spokeswoman says operations will resume as normal at the school this week after a 19-year-old student allegedly killed his parents in his campus dormitory.
Heather Smith says Sunday that administrative offices will be open Monday. She says students are away on spring break and classes will resume March 12 at the Mount Pleasant school.
James Eric Davis Jr. was arrested after a manhunt and faces murder and gun charges in the Friday morning slayings of his father, Eric Davis Sr., and mother, Diva Davis. Davis Jr.’s parents had picked him up Friday from a hospital where he had been brought for suspected drug abuse. His parents had planned to take him home.
After the shootings, officials canceled events and activities Friday evening on the campus, 155 miles (249 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.
The Davis family is from Plainfield, Illinois.
Investigators are trying to figure out why a Central Michigan University student charged with fatally shooting his parents acted so strangely the day before the killings that he was taken to a hospital.
The shooting happened Friday after James Eric Davis Jr.’s parents picked him up from the hospital and brought him to his dorm to pack up for spring break. University police Chief Bill Yeagley says the 19-year-old can be seen on video in the dorm’s parking lot with the gun before he entered the residence hall where his parents were shot around 8:30 a.m. The gun was registered to his father.
Davis Jr. has been charged with two counts of murder and a weapons charge in the shootings of his father, Eric Davis Sr., and mother, Diva Davis.