William Riley Gaul Charged With Killing Emma Jane Walker


A teenager is accused of killing his cheerleader girlfriend in her sleep after he "refused to accept" their breakup.

William Riley Gaul, 18, of Tennessee, posted a tribute tweet to Emma Jean Walker, 16, just hours after her body was found at a home in North Knox County on Monday.

The football player allegedly shot Walker from outside her house as she slept in her bed, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.

He has been arrested and charged with the killing.


In a pinned Twitter post, Gaul wrote,


In another tweet, he included a screenshot of a note he wrote. It reads,


Gaul went on to recall memories of the pair messing around during football games.

He added,

Knox County Sheriff's Office

Walker's aunt, Jenny Weldon, said Gaul had trouble accepting the relationship was over. She said,

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

Citations: Knoxville News Sentinel