A highschool wrestling coach from Oregon shot his ex-girlfriend's teenage son and her new lover to death before turning the gun on himself in what police said was a murder-suicide.
Jason Huston agreed to take 14-year-old James Hurtado to play disc golf on Aug. 18, according to the Daily Mail. Instead, Huston took him out and shot the teen to death.
He then went to the home of Kenneth Valdez, a lifelong friend, where he found Valdez with 35-year-old Andria Bye, Hurtado’s mother, in his bedroom.
Huston opened fire on both, killing Valdez and injuring Bye. He subsequently shot himself.
Huston and Bye were in previously a relationship, but even after it ended Huston and Hurtado stayed in touch because the teenager saw Huston as a father figure.
“It was an absolutely horrific, selfish choice he made,” said Hermiston chief of police Jason Edmiston of Huston’s actions.
He added that the death of Hurtado had affected the community, saying, "it's numbing."
The police chief refused to speculate about the relationships between Bye, Valdez and Huston.
“Our focus, moving forward, is trying to as best as possible understand why this took place," he said. "But we may never know the answer to that."
“The world lost a great man today,” cousin Chaz Valdez wrote of the 44-year-old victim. "Such a big heart, ya big teddy bear! Love you and I'll miss you cousin RIP Ken Valdez."
Hurtado was originally reported missing on Aug. 18, and his body was found in a remote area later that day.
One of Hurtado’s teachers had words of praise for him.
“You were an incredible, talented (athletic and academic), young man,” she said.
Hurtado was about to start his freshman year of high school, where he hoped to be active in wrestling and cross country.
“You always did your best," she added. "You always would stick up for your friends. You made me laugh. You made me smile. You made me proud to be your teacher."
Hurtado’s school said counselors would be available for students affected by the killing, according to the Tri-City Herald.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, students, coaches and others affected by this tragedy,” the school district said in a statement.