Coroner: 10-year-old boy killed in Lexington murder-suicide

Lexington police say they are investigating a deadly shooting as a murder-suicide.
Published: Feb. 6, 2022 at 1:45 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police say they are investigating a deadly shooting as a murder-suicide.

The Fayette County Coroner confirmed the deaths of a 10-year-old boy, Landon Hayes, and a 22-year-old man, Tyrus Lathem.

“To know Landon was to love Landon,” said Minister Ronnie Woolfolk.

Dozens huddled together in prayer for 10-year-old Landon Hayes Sunday afternoon.

“We question so many times, why this and why that. We never really get our answers until we go to pray.”

A community clinging to their faith now.

“It’s a sad situation. What we have is an apparent murder-suicide,” said Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.

Ginn said they believe 22-year-old Tyrus Lathem shot and killed 10-year-old Landon Hayes. Then Ginn said they believe Lathem shot and killed himself.

Ginn said both Lathem and Hayes were found dead inside a home in the 500 block of North Upper Street. Ginn said the home belongs to Hayes’ mother.

“My office was called by 911 at 12:01, just shortly after lunch.”

Minister Ronnie Woolfolk has been a close family friend of Hayes and his mother for years. As he grapples with the tragedy himself, he leads those gathered outside of the home in a sermon. Followed by more prayer, tears, and family holding onto each other for any support they can find.

“We’re holding on to what we know. We’ll remember Landon by Landon. Landon was no ordinary kid. Landon was Landon.”

Ginn has not released information regarding the relationship between Lathem and Hayes at this time.

Police blocked off the intersection of N. Upper St. and W. Sixth St. while they investigated what led to the shooting.

This is a developing story.

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