Teen Sent Chilling Tweet After Allegedly Killing His Cheerleader Girlfriend


A teenager has been arrested on murder charges after allegedly killing his girlfriend in her sleep.

Knoxville, Tennessee teenager, William Riley Gaul has been charged after allegedly shooting his 16-year-old girlfriend, Emma Jean Walker.

According to reports in the Knoxville News Sentinel, 18-year-old Gaul shot Walker from outside her bedroom as she slept. Most chillingly, Gaul’s pinned tweet dedicates a Bible passage to the young cheerleader.


Gaul’s Twitter bio also reads:

Living everyday through Emma Walker. I love you beautiful and I know you’re in a better place now.

From the outside, the high school footballer and the cheerleader painted a picture of the all-American dream, but when Emma moved on from the relationship, Walker found it difficult to accept.


Walker’s aunt, Jenny Weldon, said:

She had chosen to move on. He refused to accept it. He chose not to accept her wishes. Her heart was in service. She was born to be a helper.


Gaul has shared fond memories of Emma on social media.

One message read:

I miss you more than anything. You’ll weigh heavy on my mind for the rest of my life because no one can fill the void that’s in my heart now.

william-riley-gaulKnox County Sheriff's Office

Another read: “To think that every memory we have, every happy special moment we shared, can’t ever be relived. I love you Emma Jane Walker.”

Gaul is being held on a $750,000 bond in Knox County Jail.