Middle TN racing community remembers AL family killed in murder and suicide

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — People across two states are mourning the death of an Alabama family following an apparent murder-suicide in Middle Tennessee.

It all began on Wednesday, January 18, when deputies found 43-year-old Jennifer Lepore dead at a home in Madison County, Alabama, with no trace of her husband or their two sons.

It turned out that Jennifer’s husband, 46-year-old Jamie Lepore, and the two boys — 9-year-old Jesse and 11-year-old Sean — were staying with a family friend in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

When asked by Alabama lawmakers, Murfreesboro officials said they went to the home on the 2400 block of Cason Lane on Thursday, Jan. 19, and heard gunshots. When they got inside, they found all three family members dead, after Jamie allegedly shot his children and then himself.

Following this tragic incident, News 2’s Alex Denis spoke to several people who knew the Lepore family, particularly Sean, through their involvement in the Middle Tennessee racing community.

“It will definitely be different. Being in the pits at the track and not seeing Sean’s number 9 Bandolero coming down the pit lane will not be the same,” said Lacey Powers.

Although the Lepore family was from Alabama, they often traveled to Nashville for competitions.

“The racing community in Nashville is very tight,” added Gary Davis.

Davis has been the flagman at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for nearly two decades.

“If you lose someone in that family — whether you were a close competitor or not — it’s like losing a part of your family,” Davis said.

Despite his age, Sean had already made a name for himself in the sport.

“He had nothing to do with being so good at this track, that’s for sure,” said Powers. “And when they told me he was 11, I was shocked!”

Racers from all over the world made friendships that lasted far longer than the laps they drove.
That was certainly the case with Lizzy Taylor’s brother.

“Sean was a good racer. He was a good competitor. He always gave my brother a good fight in races. Everyone in racing, honestly,” said Taylor.

The news of the boys’ deaths has left their friends heartbroken.

“We’re all still so shocked,” Powers said. “I feel for this family. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through and all the whys could be running through their minds. Why do this? Why do what he did?”

“It’s just hard to imagine that we’ve lost two boys to these horrific events,” Taylor said. “The community will really miss these guys because they’ve been a huge part of everyone’s life.”

News 2 spoke to a family friend who declined to go in front of the camera but said that Jennifer is a loving mother and there is no doubt that she is reunited with her sons in heaven.