The 17-year-old North Texas man charged with killing his 6-year-old neighbor left a sealed envelope inside his house addressed to his mother with the words, “I love you, I’m sorry,” according to a search warrant released late Friday.
The envelope was among many items seized from the home of Tyler Holder, 17, who lived two doors down from 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher in Saginaw, a Fort Worth suburb.
Police also reported finding white towels with red blood, a girl's necklace, and children's clothing, according to the warrant.
Holder is suspected of sexually assaulting and suffocating the 6-year-old and is charged with capital murder. He is also charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting of an Arlington police detective.
Police said Holder pulled out a gun when officers went to arrest him at his home Tuesday morning. He was shot in the head, and the Arlington officer who was part of a multiagency task force was wounded in the leg.
Both remain hospitalized.
Red duct tape was among the other items found in Holder’s house.
Investigators have said red duct tape was found on Gallagher’s body when she was found July 1 with several plastic bags around her head. Her body was wrapped in a tarp.
Her body was found in a residential street about a mile from her home about five hours after she disappeared.