Domestic dispute turns deadly in murder-suicide

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 12:11am
Staff reports

Metro police say a domestic dispute ended tragically Sunday morning when Xavier Kidd broke into his estranged wife’s south Nashville house and fatally shot her boyfriend then himself. His wife suffered a minor gunshot injury in the escapade.

Xavier Kidd, 38, shot the back door window to gain access to the Lakewalk Drive home. Renee Kidd told police she called 9-1-1 at 5 a.m. when she heard glass shatter.

The husband, armed with a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, entered a bedroom and shot Jarmille Toran, 29, while two children, ages 8 and 11, were present, police said.

Even though he was wounded, Toran struggled with the gunman and told him to stop shooting for the sake of the children. Renee Kidd, 31, was shot in the hand as she also tried to subdue her estranged husband.

Officers entered the house and attempted to disarm Xavier Kidd but he turned the gun on himself. Xavier Kidd was transported to Vanderbilt University Center where he died from a gunshot wound to the head, police said. Toran died at the scene. He had been shot at least two times, once in the side and once in the upper torso. Renee Kidd was treated for her gunshot wound and released.

According to police, Xavier and Renee Kidd separated earlier this year. On March 21, Xavier Kidd was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly placed a handgun to his estranged wife’s head and threatened to kill her if she left the marriage. He was arrested again in April for violations of an order of protection for texting her and driving by her house. He was free on $31,000 bond at the time of Sunday’s incident.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Cookie47 on 5/24/10 at 7:14

Oh, yeah, those "order of protection" things really work don't they. They're not worth the paper they're written on.


By: budlight on 5/24/10 at 7:17

Let me see. We've had a Mexican in a closet kill a husband. Now a husband has shot himself and his estranged and the boyfriend. Moral: Don't date while you're still married. Give up the men until you get your life turned around. It ain't worth dying for! Don't move your boyfriend in when you've got kids. It ain't worth dying for!

By: AmyLiorate on 5/24/10 at 10:27

Don't mess around with another mans wife and you have a greater chance at living to old age.

That is nothing new is it?

By: blade62 on 5/24/10 at 10:51

It seems we have a bunch of idots on here trying to blame everyone except the crazy gun busting in and kiliing one and trying to kill the other. Lets just blame the victim. If he was this violent to do this know telling what was going on in the marriage, and they were "seperated" and no longer together. The taking of life for this reason is totally wrong and he will have to deal with that in the afterlife and for budlight what in the world did you bring up the guy in hiding in the closet and you really seemed to want to put a emphasis on the guy being Mexican would it have been better if he was White? What difference did it make? Wait, I got it maybe we should start killing people cheating or we think are killing, but don't they do that in some other countries that our soldiers are fighting against.

By: nothingbutagthng on 5/24/10 at 11:31

budlight and Amy I agree 1000% the man should have stayed away, but on the other hand what was the wife thinking to have another man in the home probable stayed the night less than 2 months after daddy was kicked out. blade62 maybe you don't see anything wrong with that that's your opinion. Whether you agree or not let the children on the playground do the name calling and the adults can discuss matters in a more civilized manner.

By: just-me on 5/26/10 at 6:33

I know this man and his family well and the news of his passing is still numb on the brain, the body and the spirit. The reasons behind his passing are simply not connecting and it's like hearing that Mr. Rodgers was a serial killer, it simply does not connect because he Xavier was a very low key and devoted husband, father and Christian.

To hear people call him "crazy" confirms 2 things, (a) you never knew him because crazy was the last thing he was and (b) we all have a button and a point where everything changes and we become something that we are not.

I've looked this man in the eye, more than once and saw the love he had for his wife and kids and I've seen it in his actions and while some may choose to abruptly and ignorantly call him crazy, I still call him friend and will miss him and his smile for many, many years.

By: Scorned17 on 5/23/12 at 1:39

Hello to all that responded.

First off, everyone knows there are two sides to every story. Yes, some actions taken were wrong in this situation but whatever the case the death of these two men, fathers, sons, and one brother was just sensless. There is nothing in the world that should create so much rage in a person to make them take a life, not only someone elses but their own. So for those of you that responded in a heartless manner, shame on you!! What if this was your sister or your brother in the place of the husband or wife how would you feel then?

Both parties are to blame in this matter. My heart goes out to the wife who has to live with the contsant feeling of what if I had handled it different? No telling what the outcome would be, it could have been worse or could be better who knows. My feelings are for the 4 kids who no longer have a person to call daddy... It was a selfish act on part of the husband and wife. Once life is gone its no getting back. If anyone reads this the lesson is don't take the people you love for granted cause one day they will be gone. If somebody tells you they will kill themself take them seriously!!

Today marks 2 years to the date and there is not a day that goes by that I dont think about this. No turning back. If you are in a domestic situation no matter how small the threats or warning signs. Take it seriously, get help and have a strong support system. Words do come to life!! So dont take it as an idle threat, be cautious, be smart and take self out of the equation. Think about the other people that will be impacted, ecspecially if children are involved. That has to be the hardest thing to know that these kids dont have a father now. Im done. If you are invovled in a domestic situation get out, get help and be patient. LOVE ALWAYS....ME.....

By: Scorned17 on 5/23/12 at 1:44

OH and to just- me---Thank you for the kind words everything you said was true. It just goes to show how certain situations can take people out of character....It has been 2years and I am still numb and in disbelief. Just doesnt seem real but trust I am reminded everyday that it is real.