The bodies of George Heckman, 52, and Grant Heckman, 28, both of Westphalia, Michigan, have been found in their car, dead from gun shot wounds.
George had shot his adult disabled son, before shooting himself in a tragic mental breakdown.
The police went on the hunt for Heckman after he did not show up for work, which was unlike him. Teachers at the middle school he worked in alerted the police.
The Daily Mail reports:
Michigan State Police confirmed they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.
Police were altered after Heckman, the longtime principal of Pewamo-Westphalia Elementary School, did not arrive for a Monday night school board meeting.
Officers tracked down the principal by pinging his cellphone and found him and his son in the van.
Friends and family were shocked by the news, but some say they can understand what drove him to it.
Janet Pohl, who along with her husband Luke, is a longtime friend of Heckman, say she believes he did it ‘out of love for his son and not wanting him to suffer’.
‘I don’t condone what George did, I don’t think anyone condones it, but I understand it. I’m sorry to say I understand it, I wish I didn’t,’ she told MLive.
Grant was born with cerebral palsy, had severe neurological disabilities, was non verbal and confined to a wheelchair.
He was ‘as helpless as helpless could be,’ Pohl said. ‘Everything had to be done for him,’ she said.