A mother made a gruesome discovery Monday morning at her ex’s home in East Naples, Florida: her 5-year-old son and the boy’s 45-year-old father, both shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide, WINK reported.
Collier County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call after the woman, who was not named, let herself into the unlocked home. She told deputies she hadn’t hear from Paul Warren since the night before, when he sent her texts saying “You are going to regret this.”
Neighbors called 911 upon hearing a woman’s frantic screams, police said. When police arrived, they found Warren and boy dead on a bed.
“We can’t get it out of our mind,” neighbor Bobbie Whittier told WINK. “I looked out the window and saw a woman on the ground and she was saying, ‘They killed my baby. My baby. They shot my baby. Oh, God. Oh God.’”
Whittier said deputies were affected by the scene as well, describing one as “shaking so bad, he could not write. He said it was a ‘Terrible scene. Terrible scene.’”
Another neighbor, Forrest Ficke, told the Naples Daily News he was playing video games Sunday night and thought he heard two shots but dismissed the idea.
“You hear a lot of that when you’re playing Call of Duty,” he said.
Ficke also said the woman and her family are distraught.
“They’re obviously going to be with the loss of a 5-year-old,” he said. “That’s hard for anyone. That’s a mother’s worst nightmare and just about any family member’s worst nightmare.”
The mother told deputies that she went to Warren’s home Monday morning after he stopped responding to her and she learned that her son had not been at school. She said that he had threatened suicide and made other threats to her previously, but nothing recently until Sunday evening. She said that Warren had been jealous because she was seeing someone else.
Warren’s father told WINK that his son and the woman had spoken about marriage during their relationship, but never took that step. He, too, thought jealousy may have been the driving factor.
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