Grieving Father Shares Last Text Message His Son Sent Before Double Murder-Suicide
CHARLOTTE, NC. — Pain and shock during an emotional account from the father of a man who killed two people, then himself. That father says he never thought his son would harm anyone, but this wasn’t his son’s first run-in with the law.
The last text John Bocek Sr. received from his son, John Bocek Jr. said, “It ends tonight dad I love you.”
“I was numb. I couldn’t even move at first,” says Bocek Sr.
Bocek Sr., who lives in New York, thought his son was going to harm himself. He frantically called authorities here to tell them his son may be suicidal, but no one knew where he was. Then 24 hours later:
“My ex-wife called and said, you need to get down here, your son just shot two people and killed himself.”
On February 24th, police say 23-year-old John Bocek Jr. forced his way inside a home on Glen Abbey Way where he shot and killed 15-year-old Jenna Hewitt and 51-year-old Matthew Chaplin, and then killed himself.
Hewitt was visiting Chaplin’s 16-year-old daughter, Kate. She escaped.
Bocek Jr. was wanted for assaulting Kate the week before and taking her phone.
Bocek was a convicted felon. His criminal record dates back to 2012. State records show arrests included drugs, larceny and breaking and entering vehicles and a probation violation.
Mecklenburg County Deputy DA Bruce Lillie says repeat offenders are tricky.
“That’s one of the challenges is looking at these cases individually and really doing our best to determine, who are the folks who are most dangerous in our community,” says Lillie.
Bocek Jr. was arrested multiple times in Union and Mecklenburg counties. In 2017, police say he spent 45 days in jail for assaulting and communicating threats against another woman.
“We are keeping repeat offenders in custody as we proceed to trial with them. We are taking proactive steps to keep them detained.”