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Woman Kills Son, Self After Posting Suicidal FB Message (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

A Pennsylvania woman is reported to have suffocated her 1-year-old son before shooting herself in the head the day after Christmas.

Sheri Shermeyer, 40, uploaded a long message to Facebook on the morning of Dec. 26, in which she expressed her desire to commit suicide, according to the Daily Mail.

"I have been slowly dying inside," she wrote. "I'm confused, just torn down, hardly ever go out in public anymore, don't socialize with people, I've become a hermit. ... And even now, all I can think about is leaving this world. Putting a gun in my mouth and leaving."

That afternoon police discovered Shermeyer's body inside her home. She died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say she shot herself after suffocating her son with a pillow.

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Shermeyer appeared to blame her husband for her actions.

"I'm tired of being a single parent in a [two] parent home," her Facebook post reads. "I'm tired of trying to hold someone accountable for their actions or … empty promises. I'm tired of being told the grass is greener somewhere else, tired of crying, tired of being threatened with divorce, tired of being physically ignored, tired of being emotionally abused, tired of not being able to eat or sleep, tired of the stress, tired of the headaches, tired of it all."

She then proceeded to address her husband directly.

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"You are not capable of having someone love you," she wrote. "You insist on destroying everything good. You talk about how you’re the whipping post, think again. Look how I get treated. ... You don't think you get ugly, but you do."

"Why am I putting this on social media for all to see? Because this seems to be the only way you will listen or see it," she continued. "Seems to p*** you off when I put 'something out there.' So here it is for all to see…. Good bye, good riddance, wish I never wasted these past years with you. Hope I don't see you in Hell."

Jason Lanius, a neighbor of Shermeyer's, said he had no reason to believe she was a danger to her son or herself.

"I saw them outside during the summer and late fall, playing and having a good time," he told WPMT. "She was always really happy, it seemed like. I wouldn't have known that there was anything going on, so just to know that behind closed doors, things were that rough."

"You never really know what people are going through," Lanius added. "For a lot of people, it's really happy and a joyous time and all that, but for others it can be, I guess, really lonely. You never really know what's going on."

Sources: Daily Mail, WPMT / Photo credit: Sheri Shermeyer/Facebook via Daily Mail

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