Shane Young killed Kenneth Horton in a Greer, South Carolina home five years ago, but Young’s target was his ex-girlfriend, Kayla Atkinson. It is suspected that his story is the basis for tonight’s Home Alone on Investigation Discovery. In the episode, it appears one of the names was changed to Catherine. Court records and older news articles covering the Shane Young murder case used the real names. The standoff with police in South Carolina left five people injured and one dead. Shane Kelly Young is currently serving life in prison for the crimes, Home Alone will show.
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Shane Young, 30, was obsessed and hurt over the break-up with girlfriend Kayla Atkinson. Shane was abusive and frightening. Once she ended the relationship, Shane Young, began stalking and harassing her. There were times when Kayla would see Shane around town. She was able to avoid him in some instances. The last time Kayla Atkinson saw Shane Young was right before he broke into their Skyland Road home.
On the day of the shooting, Kayla Atkinson bumped into Shane Young again at a local store. Shane Young recognized her, but she was able to escape. Hoping she’d lost him, Kayla Atkinson headed home, where she lived with her grandmother and mother.
When Kayla Atkinson arrived, Shane Young blasted his way inside, taking four adults hostage. According to WYFF-4’s report, the victims were family friend Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Horton, 48, grandmother Sandy Hand, mother Cheryl Mann, daughter Kayla Atkinson, and granddaughter Summer, 10, according to the report.
Court records show Shane Young had arrived at the house to kill Kayla Atkinson, but when he made his way inside, he couldn’t find her. Kenneth Horton, who police believe was dating Kayla, tried to protect them all but was shot and killed. Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Horton, a construction worker and tree serviceman, according to his obituary, was found in one of the bedrooms lying face down with a shot to the chest, according to Patch.
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The entire family was shoved into a bathroom where it is believed Kayla Atkinson was hiding behind a shower curtain. Shane Kelly Young never knew she was there. South Carolina authorities tried to negotiate with the hostage taker by phone. After several hours, the SWAT team swooped in, and shots were fired. Shane Young was taken into custody. Summer received an injury to the leg. Two police officers were also injured.
When Shane Young saw Kayla Atkinson at the store that day, he was determined to kill her. Relatives say they are happy Shane Young didn’t find Kayla.
The trailer home where the incident took place was left bullet-ridden. A plea for help in restoring the mobile home was made to the public in the newspapers. Tune into Home Alone tonight to confirm that the story is about the Shane Young case. It airs at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. You can read a synopsis of the Home Alone episode titled “Behind the Shower Curtain” here.
[Main Image via South Carolina Dept. of Corrections]