Daughter of homicide victim William Tackett describes the night her father died | TheUnion.com

Daughter of homicide victim William Tackett describes the night her father died

William Tackett with his daughter Heather.
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Heather Tackett heard nothing strange from downstairs in the moments before her father was killed.

Then came the gunshots.

Tackett said she was doing her nightly routine when it happened, just after 9 p.m. March 20. Silence turned into gunfire. Then the suspect dumped gasoline around the home and started a fire.

Authorities say 35-year-old Jason Carl Schuller fled after shooting William Tackett, 67. The entire sequence, from the first gunshots to the suspect speeding from the home on Banner View Drive, took about 90 seconds, Heather Tackett said.

“I could talk about my dad for hours and tell you stories. I think it sums it up to say he was the greatest person I’ve ever known.”Heather Tackett

“I have no idea,” she added when asked about a motive. “No idea. There was no arguing, scuffling, nothing.”

Schuller didn’t live at Tackett’s home, but instead would occasionally stay overnight and have his mail delivered there, Heather Tackett said.

“My dad helped him out when he didn’t have a place to stay,” she added. “He’d come over and hang out. I think he kind of looked at my dad like a father figure.”

Schuller met Heather Tackett’s father about one or two years ago, though she doesn’t know the circumstances. Heather Tackett said she didn’t spend time with Schuller and didn’t even consider him an acquaintance.

“I never cared for him,” she added.

Authorities say Schuller sped from Heather Tackett’s home after shooting her father. He led police on a chase through three counties, ending early March 21 in Sacramento.

Schuller, facing charges of murder and recklessly evading arrest, remained in the Nevada County Jail on Sunday with no bond.

William Tackett liked to help people. His daughter called it his greatest gift and biggest curse. If someone asked, William Tackett stood ready to assist, she said.

Glenn Allen Sweat was one of those people who needed that help. Sweat said he met William Tackett around 1999 through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The program began for Sweat in his school before expanding. William Tackett would take Sweat to the movies, and teach him about his medical career.

“He let me in his house like I was in his family,” Sweat said. “It doesn’t surprise me that he was trying to help out somebody in the community. He loved helping.”

Without William Tackett’s influence, Sweat said he would have made poorer choices in his life.

“He was one of my mentors growing up,” Sweat said. “I regret not going and visiting him more often.”

Heather Tackett is planning a celebration of life event for her father, tentatively scheduled for April 16. She’s also created a GoFundMe page for the celebration of life, as well as for costs associated with restoring her home.

The fundraiser had garnered almost $3,300 by Sunday afternoon out of its $10,000 goal.

People can find the website at http://www.gofundme.com and then searching “William Tackett.”

“I could talk about my dad for hours and tell you stories,” Heather Tackett said. “I think it sums it up to say he was the greatest person I’ve ever known.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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