• Family of Jacksonville man who police say was murdered by his own son is speaking out.

    By: Bridgette Matter , Action News Jax

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    Story originally published 2/27/19:

    Joseph Lauwereins was killed in his home on Jacksonville's Southside Friday. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says his 24-year-old son, Trenton Lauwereins confessed to the murder.

    Investigators say Trenton shot his father through a locked door

    Family says Trenton never showed signs of violence.

    “There was no concerns… nothing I can think of where Trenton had any anger problems or issues," Mark Lauwereins, Joseph’s brother says.

    Police say the Trenton didn’t call police right away, but later confessed to the killing during an interrogation.

    Family members say right now they don’t have a timeline of when the shooting took place.

    JSO did not state a motive, and family members say they were blindsided by the murder. 

    “I don’t understand why he did it," said Joseph Lauwereins.

    The family said Joseph Lauwereins received a sum of money from work shortly before he died, and they were not whether that was part of the initial confrontation.

    Action News Jax asked JSO about this. They said this is an ongoing investigation and more information will come out through discovery.

    Trenton Lauwereins was charged with second-degree murder and is due back in court March 18. 


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