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15-year-old faces adult capital murder charges in death of 5 family members

Five members of Mason Sisk's family were shot to death in 2019 in Elkmont

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — The Limestone County Sheriff's Office announced charges against Mason Sisk, 15, of Elkmont.

Sisk faces adult charges of capital murder for the September 2019 shooting deaths of 5 family members on Ridge Rd in Elkmont.

Limestone County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call made by Sisk in September of 2019.

At a press briefing shortly after the shooting, Limestone Sheriff Lt. Stephen Young said that the 14-year-old called 911 about 11:00 pm on Sept. 2 and met deputies in the driveway. He said he had been in the basement when he heard shots on the main level of the house. But there were inconsistencies in his story and when questioned further, he confessed to the shooting. He later helped lead officers to the weapon, a 9mm pistol that was in the house illegally. 

The victims were the suspects father, step-mother, and three half siblings ages 6 and 5.

John Sisk - father
Mary Sisk - step mother
Grayson, half-brother - age 6
Aurora, half-sister - age 5
Colson, half-brother - age 6 months

Mary Sisk was a special education teacher at Mountain Gap Elementary School in Huntsville.

“I can’t think of any better person to be with us during the time she was needed,” said Evon Miller. Her granddaughter was Mary Sisk’s student.                              

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“She went above and beyond what was called for a teacher,” Miller said. “If my granddaug

“She went above and beyond what was called for a teacher,” Miller said. “If my granddaughter needed anything she was there. My granddaughter has really excelled in her school work because of her.”

Another friend remembered John Sisk. “He treated me like family,” said Cynthia Black, a family friend.

The family’s murders gained national attention.

Rebecca Sisk, John’s cousin told WZDX: “What my family needs is love, compassion, heartfelt words, empathy not sympathy, they do not need to be dissected under a microscope. You can put anyone under microscope, you find numerous flaws.”

She adds: “Our job in life is to love others back to life.”

Some family members say they will always love Mason, the 14-year old son charged with the family’s deaths. Family friends are also trying to focus on the good times.

“I usually babysitted for the Sisk family,” one woman who wishes not to be identified told WZDX News over the phone. “[Mason] would sit with me and he helped with the baby, he helped all the kids.”

“Just remember she was always there and she will always be there,” added Miller about Mary.

“She went above and beyond what was called for a teacher,” Miller said. “If my granddaughter needed anything she was there. My granddaughter has really excelled in her school work because of her.”

The other victims were Mary’s three children: six-year old Grayson, five-year old Aurora, and six-month old Colson and their father John.

“He treated me like family,” said Cynthia Black, a family friend.

The family’s murders have gained national attention, adding on to difficulties for the family. 

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Rebecca Sisk, John’s cousin tells WZDX: “What my family needs is love, compassion, heartfelt words, empathy not sympathy, they do not need to be dissected under a microscope. You can put anyone under microscope, you find numerous flaws.”

She adds, “Our job in life is to love others back to life.”

Some family members say they will always love Mason, the 14-year old son charged with the family’s deaths. Family friends are also trying to focus on the good times.

“I usually babysitted for the Sisk family,” one woman who wishes not to be identified told WZDX News over the phone. “[Mason] would sit with me and he helped with the baby, he helped all the kids.”

“Just remember she was always there and she will always be there,” added Miller about Mary.