This is so sad.
Dad Shoots Son Then Himself
According to The NY Daily News
A Louisiana dad shot dead his teen football star son and stayed with his corpse for several days before killing himself, police believe.
Cops found the bodies of Matthew Tarto, 16, and his 52-year-old father Mark in their River Ridge home on Friday.
Both died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Detectives think Tarto murdered the boy as he slept in his bed before turning the firearm on himself, in his living room, several days later.
“This has all the earmarks of an apparent murder-suicide, and the autopsy supports that finding,” said Col. John Fortunato from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Cops were called to search the home after Tarto’s ex-wife Lisa started to worry about not hearing from her son.
The victim, Matthew Tarto, 16, in a photo with his mother, Lisa Tarto.
Matthew’s teachers at John Curtis Christian School — where he was backup offensive lineman on the 2012 Class 2A state championship football team — also reported his absence to authorities.
They had been unable to contact him for 10 days.
Investigations are still ongoing, but it has emerged that the elder Tarto was once alleged to have abused his ex-wife.
The Advocate reports that she filed for divorce in 2008 and said he repeatedly accused her of infidelity, interrogated her friends and stayed up all night arguing with her.
She said he became “cruel” and “obsessive” and threatened and belittled her in front of their son.
She eventually scrapped the proceedings and the couple got back together. But in 2010 he filed for divorce himself where he demanded custody and alimony.
The divorce was granted in October 2011 and the couple finalized a custody settlement in January.
That’s cold to murder your child.