Saturday, July 19, 2008

A sad loss

A sad ending.

To their son, I am sorry for your loss.

Couple’s deaths may be murder-suicide
Robert Crowe - Express-News

A man and woman found dead in their Northeast Side home Thursday were killed from gunshot wounds to their heads in what appears to be a murder-suicide, police said.

Kenneth and Tanya Clark’s 32-year-old son said he awoke from a nap at about 3 p.m. at their home in the 13300 block of Larkbrook Drive to find his mother and father dead in separate bedrooms.

For now, police said the incident appears to be a murder-suicide in which Kenneth Clark, 60, shot his 55-year-old wife before killing himself. “It certainly looks like a murder-suicide, but that’s very preliminary at this point,” said San Antonio Police Sgt. Gabe Trevino.

Investigators seized from the home a .22-caliber pistol and an “assortment of suicide notes,” according to a police report.

Investigators declined to discuss the contents of the alleged suicide notes.

The couple’s son told police he saw his parents about 6 a.m. Thursday before he took a nap after taking some sleeping pills, according to the report. He awoke at 3 p.m. to find his mother and father’s bodies in their separate bedrooms, the man told police. Both had gunshot wounds to their heads, and the father was holding a pistol in his hand.

The son said he had heard a noise that sounded like something had fallen at about 1 p.m., but he chose not to get up and investigate at that time.

The son, whose identity has not been released, was questioned and released by police. Neighbors said the couple were friendly. While neighbors often saw Kenneth Clark working in his yard, they had not seen as much of Tanya in recent months. She had recently become ill and moved about in a wheelchair, a neighbor said.

Kenneth Clark is a retired teacher. He and his wife had raised two children in their home, where they lived for 20 years.