A 24-year-old Watauga man who apparently had a “disagreement over property” with a friend fatally shot her Friday morning at a Fort Worth hotel and shot himself later as he drove away from home, police said Monday.
Jayson Trainer shot Rachael Kramer, 21, shortly after 5 a.m. Friday in a room at the Value Place extended-stay hotel, 3501 NE Loop 820 service road, according to homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman.
Loughman said Trainer apparently had paid for Kramer and another female to stay at the hotel for a week. He said the shooting occurred when the other female and a male witness went outside to smoke.
Kramer was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. of a gunshot to her head, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.
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Trainer left the hotel and drove to his home in Watauga, where he told a relative he had killed a woman, Loughman said. Trainer indicated he was suicidal and drove away with a handgun, Loughman said.
“The family member called police and told [the call taker] what he had done and that he had just left the residence with a gun,” Loughman said.
A Watauga patrol sergeant spotted Trainer’s vehicle and was trying to get closer to it when it struck a telephone pole and then the support beam of a carport, Loughman said.
“The Watauga sergeant approached the vehicle and found that Trainer had shot himself,” Loughman said.
Trainer was taken to JPS hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m. Saturday. The medical examiner’s website did not report a cause or manner of death late Monday.
Tarrant County court records show that Trainer had multiple misdemeanor convictions dating to 2008 for offenses including assault, burglary of a vehicle, theft and evading arrest. He also had two felony burglary convictions.
Kramer’s mother, Cynthia Kramer, described her daughter as a “beautiful person” who grew up in Keller and was especially close to her 19-year-old brother. She leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter, Aubrey Lynne.
“She lived for that baby,” Cynthia Kramer said. “That baby was her world.”
Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655