After the alleged murder-suicide of his parents, a 4-year-old boy reportedly called 911 about a "problem" with his family.
According to police, Kerry Anderson, 36, fatally shot his wife, 32-year-old Jessica Anderson before shooting himself on April 23, KOMO News reports. Kerry was a former member of the military and is believed to have been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The couple has three children, all of whom were present at their home in Graham, Washington, at the time of the tragedy. Their 4-year-old son reportedly called a 911 dispatcher around 8:00 am on April 23 to say his parents were lying on the floor of their home.
When police arrived, Jessica was pronounced dead at the scene, and Kerry was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, in extremely critical condition, where he ultimately died on April 24, The News Tribune notes.
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All three children -- which reportedly included a 4-year-old, a 5-year-old, and a 6-month-old baby -- are in the care of relatives following the incident. None of the children were physically harmed.
Pierce County detectives are investigating the case as a murder-suicide. In addition to Kerry’s reported PTSD, a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office said Kerry had recently been fired from his job at a Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital.
On the KOMO Facebook page, many people took to the comments section to mourn Kerry and Jessica's deaths.
"This is a reason why our veterans need to be helped...PTSD is real...pray for these babies," Mary Calderon wrote.
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"What a brave and smart little boy," Marianne Hudson wrote. "I hope family is able to step in and offer the children a home together."
"These people were the kindest people ever," Hani Lynn Corn wrote. "PTSD is real! We all have emotional breakdowns. Doesn't mean he was a bad person. I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and my heart goes out to the family."
"She was the most beautiful, attentive mother to her babies," Lacey Ezell wrote. "She lived for them. He was also a good dad from what I saw as their former neighbor. It's a senseless tragedy and I am heartbroken for those beautiful kids. Please just pray for them."