The news of a man killing his neighbors is never something that one wants to hear, but it’s even more shocking when it happens in a small town. That’s exactly what happened in Kellogg, Idaho, where Majorjon Kaylor, 31, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary after he allegedly went to his neighbor’s home and shot and killed the family there, including two teens.
The details of the case are still emerging, but what we do know is that there had been a recent conflict between the families. A week before the shootings, Kaylor’s family had called the police to complain that 18-year-old Devin Smith was standing in front of his bedroom window, masturbating in view of Kaylor’s young daughters who were playing outside. While the police department recommended that Smith be charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, there was no record of the charge in the online court system on Tuesday.
During Kaylor’s initial court appearance, prosecuting attorney Benjamin Allen said that the crime was “relatively horrific” and noted that one of the victims was a child. He also said that Kaylor admitted the killings when he was interviewed by police. “Admissions were ultimately made to the offenses charged,” Allen told the judge.
While we may never know what led Kaylor to allegedly commit such a heinous act, one thing is for certain: the Kellogg community has been shaken to its core. This tragedy serves as a reminder that even in small towns, violence can happen anywhere, at any time.
It’s understandable to feel a sense of fear and unease in the wake of such a horrific event, but it’s important to remember that there are ways to stay safe in your own community. Get to know your neighbors and be aware of any potential conflicts or issues that may arise. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, don’t hesitate to contact the police.
While we may never fully understand why Kaylor allegedly took the lives of his neighbors, we can honor their memory by coming together as a community and supporting one another in this time of grief. Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims and to the Kellogg community as a whole as they work to heal from this tragedy.