According to Palm Bay police, a 16-year-old shot his mother and her boyfriend

According to Palm Bay police, a 16-year-old shot his mother and her boyfriend


A Palm Bay teenager remains in juvenile detention after she shot her mother and her mother’s boyfriend on Saturday night and then called 911 with a fake cry for help, according to police.

The 16-year-old was charged with first-degree premeditated murder after detectives examined forensic evidence – bullet casings, drops of blood and broken glass from a sliding glass door – at the crime scene at the Benchor Road residence.

The police said the motive was that the teenager disapproved of her mother and was in a relationship with a 22-year-old man.

Arrest records show that sometime Saturday night, the teen grabbed a .38-caliber pistol and a chef’s knife and killed the two. She called 911 around 12:06 a.m. Sunday, crying hysterically and saying a man had broken into her home. Officers arrived within moments and found the bodies of the teen’s mother, Kelly McCollom, 42, and McCollom’s boyfriend, Matthew Szejnrok, 22, inside the home, both with multiple gunshot wounds, court records show.

The teenager met police outside the home and told officers she heard an unknown burglar in the house and hid in her room with her pit bull when “loud noises” continued to be heard in another part of the house. Police repeatedly questioned the girl’s account of what happened, records show.

The girl, whose identity FLORIDA TODAY is not releasing, was arraigned before a juvenile court judge and remanded in custody at the Sharpes Juvenile Detention Center.

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Police reports indicate that the teenager’s relationship with her mother has become increasingly acrimonious over the past two weeks.

Officers found a .38-caliber pistol outside the teen’s bedroom window. The teen was questioned at the police station and turned over to child welfare authorities, records show.

JD Gallop is a justice and breaking news reporter for FLORIDA TODAY. Reach Gallop at 321-917-4641 or [email protected]. X, formerly known as Twitter: @JDGallop.