17-year-old son arrested for murder of mother in Walker

Eddie Robert Island (Source: Walker Police Department)
Eddie Robert Island (Source: Walker Police Department)

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - According to the Walker Police Department, the 17-year-old son of Tamila Wooley was arrested and charged with her murder.

According to Capt. John Sharp of the Walker Police Department, Wooley, 34, was found dead by a family acquaintance at the Village Mason Townhomes on Village Drive in Walker on New Year's Day.

Village Mason Townhomes is a gated community that is monitored by surveillance cameras at the entrance.

"When Officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that Ms. Wooley was dead from apparent multiple gunshot wounds. It appeared that Ms. Wooley had been dead for two or more days. Our officers also learned that Ms. Wooley's Black Lexus Sedan was missing, as was her 17 year old son, Eddie Robert Island," said Captain John Sharp.

Two other minor children of the victim, an 11 year old boy and a 2 year old girl were found unharmed inside the residence.

Sharp says Wooley's car was missing from her home. "Because Mr. Island was missing, we were concerned for his safety, and we needed to discuss with him the circumstances of his mother's death," Captain Sharp explained.

"Based on witness statements and our investigation, we believed that Mr. Island may be driving the Lexus, despite not being licensed or authorized to use the vehicle, so we viewed him as a person of interest and believed that he could potentially provide us with information important to our investigation," said Sharp.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, Walker Police and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputies located the Lexus, driven by Island, north of Walker.

"Our Officers and Sheriff's Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the Lexus and identified Mr. Island as the operator and lone occupant. Mr. Island was then detained and transported to the Walker Police Department for questioning," Captain Sharp reported.

"During questioning, Mr. Island confessed to shooting his mother late the night of Sunday, December 29th, or early in the morning Monday, December 30th. After obtaining a confession from Mr. Island, he was transported to the Livingston Parish Detention Center and charged with second degree murder."

Police believe that over the two day period between the murder and discovery of the body, Island returned to the home to check on the minor children and attend to their needs.

"Mr. Island explained to us that he returned to the residence several times after the shooting to feed the children, who we understand to be his half-brother and half-sister, telling the children that their mother was ill and not to be disturbed," said Captain Sharp.

"Thankfully, the children are in good condition and have been place in the custody of the Office of Child Services until relatives of the deceased arrive from out of state."

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