Friends, family remember Cumberland County murder victims

Friends, family remember Cumberland County murder victims

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Tisa Tapia says her life will never be the same without her son and sister. Tisa Tapia says her life will never be the same without her son and sister.
Tisa Tapia is the mother of Domonic Davis and Rikki Jacobsen. (source: family) Tisa Tapia is the mother of Domonic Davis and Rikki Jacobsen. (source: family)
"He was the most wonderful child in the world, and I loved the boy. He was my world," said Steven Presley's mother, tearfully. "He was the most wonderful child in the world, and I loved the boy. He was my world," said Steven Presley's mother, tearfully.
Steven Presley's mother says he left Wednesday to go to Renegade Mountain to hang out with friends. Steven Presley's mother says he left Wednesday to go to Renegade Mountain to hang out with friends.

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - Friends and family members of the four people found shot to death Thursday at Renegade Mountain in Cumberland County say they are still in shock and can't believe their loved ones have passed away. They say the victims were great people with promising futures whose lives were taken too early.

Jacob Bennett, 26, was arrested on a parole violation early Friday morning in Rhea County. He is considered a suspect in the murders.

Tisa Tapia, mother of Domonic Davis, 17, and sister of Rikki Jacobsen, 22, says her life will never be the same without her son and sister.

"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through in my entire life," said Tapia. "There aren't words to explain how this could happen or how bad I hurt."

"When we received the call, it was like the world dropped from underneath us," said Tapia's husband Timothy.

Angela Presley, mother of Steven Presley, 17, says her son left Wednesday to go to Renegade Mountain to hang out with friends.

"I just had this gut feeling that something wasn't right when he never came home," said Presley.

As friends and family of the victims lean on each other for support, they say they have no idea how someone could hurt the four young victims.

Tony Presley says his older brother Steven was a role model.

"It would be an honor to get to be as good as he was," said Tony.

The families hope justice is served, but admit it will be hard to live without their loved ones.

"[Rikki] was my best friend. I don't know how I'm going to go about without getting a phone call from them or seeing them. It's going to be hard to live without them," said Tisa Tapia.

"He was the most wonderful child in the world, and I loved the boy. He was my world," said Steven Presley's mother, tearfully.

Cumberland County Director of Schools Donald Andrews says Domonic Davis was a student at Cumberland County High School, while Steven Presley was a graduate of The Phoenix School.

Victim John Lajeunesse was a former student of both Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School who was being home schooled.

All three schools had extra grief counselors on hand to help students deal with the deaths.

"This morning the process began during first period when the announcement was made in all the classrooms and the students were given the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings about their classmates, said Andrews. "Throughout the day we wanted to go back to as much normalcy as one could during this difficult time."

Rikki Jacobsen also had a young son attending a Cumberland County elementary school.

A moment of silence was held before the start of Friday night's homecoming football game at Stone Memorial High School

6 News reporters STEPHANIE BEECKEN and ALEXIS ZOTOS contributed to this report.

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