Police say Alexander Jackson, 20, fatally shot his parents and teen
sister in their Cedar Rapids home on Tuesday. He has another
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called
police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot
him and his father inside their home.
When Cedar Rapid officers
arrived at the scene, they found Jackson’s parents and his 19-year-old
sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to
Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Jackson
had suffered a gunshot wound to the foot after what he insisted was a
struggle over the rifle with the mysterious man.
now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old
Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their
daughter, Sabrina. Jackson has been charged with three counts of
first-degree murder and is being held in Linn County Jail on a $3
While authorities have not yet established a motive,
a criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast said that Jackson
admitted that “his father had recently advised that he needed to find a
job or move out.” It noted that the house showed no signs of being
“This was a horrendous murder,” Assistant Linn County Attorney Ryan Decker said during Jackson’s initial court appearance on Wednesday.
“This was more than just a murder, it was an execution of the
defendant’s mother, father, and sister. Furthermore, the defendant’s
concocted story of a phantom burglar shows the defendant acted out of
malice and calculated intent to get away with these murders.”
to the complaint, officers arrived at the scene at around 8:23 a.m.
Tuesday after Jackson’s frantic call about a male intruder. Officers,
however, instead found his three slain family members. They recovered a
.22 caliber semi-automatic rifle believed to be the murder weapon.
told authorities that he “woke up to the sound of gunfire and was shot
in the foot during a struggle with a masked man over the rifle,” the
complaint states. He told police he and his father had cleaned the rifle
the night before and left it on the fireplace overnight.
The incident sent shockwaves through the Jackson family’s quiet suburban community. A candlelight vigil has been planned for Wednesday night at Kennedy High School, which Jackson and his sister attended before they both went to the University of Iowa.
2019, Sabrina made local headlines when she introduced Yang—who is now
running for New York City mayor—during his discussion with state Sen.
Rob Hogg about climate change. According to IowaStartingLine, the then-senior described how she first heard about Yang on a podcast and was immediately enthralled.