Woman whose brother is accused of killing mom, sister: 'I love him'

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The older sister of Jake Evans, a 17-year-old Parker County man accused of fatally shooting his mother and 15-year-old sister in October, says that she loves her brother and that she has gained strength and learned lessons from the tragedy.

Audrey-Elise Evans, 20, provided the following statement to the Star-Telegram via Facebook.

"It's very strange: A lot of people expect me to be angry with God, but, to be honest, I feel closer to him than ever. I can't really explain the reason why I feel closer to him, but I do. My mom and my sister aren't here, but I still have an extremely close bond to them, even more than I did before.

"I used to be scared of dying. I'm no longer anymore. I have a much more forgiving heart than I ever did (talking about my brother).

"It has really taught me how much a sibling loves another sibling. Nothing could ever break that. (It's more obvious now than it ever was.)

"I think life is sooo precious; it has taught me to never go to bed angry at someone you love because you never know if it'll be the last time you talk to them. It makes me angry to see people on Facebook talk about how bad their life is, because they have no idea.

"I mean, I think Emily [another sister], my dad, and I have been through one of the worst things possible, and you don't see me saying, 'I hate my life.'

"It's definitely taught me how strong I am; never knew I had so much strength in me.

"It's taught me that God was completely right with the fact that we all need EACH OTHER.

"As far as my brother goes, I love him."