Saturday, May 25, 2013

Divorced dad kills 16-year-old son in murder-suicide (River Ridge, Louisiana)

For Mom to have sent the police over for a safety check already tells us something. Once again we have a child forced into a custody/visitation scheme with a father who was obviously unsafe, but of course, the article here does not bring that out. So all we have is blather about "parents" being "pitted" against each other. Ridiculous. There was no "parental" conflict going here. What we was a violent father who gunned down and killed his son, and a mother who couldn't stop it. 

And why does the media continue to quote the Clueless Neighbors? So what if Dad seemed like a "nice guy." These killers seldom have matted hair or crazed eyes. New research shows that 91% of the fathers   involved in murder-suicides involving their kids have histories of domestic violence.

River Ridge neighborhood shocked by apparent murder-suicide

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Updated yesterday at 10:21
PM Related: Father kills son in apparent murder-suicide in River Ridge
Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News

RIVER RIDGE, La. - A father is accused of murdering his teenage son and then turning the gun on himself. Authorities discovered the apparent murder-suicide Friday in River Ridge, and it has shaken a quiet community to its core.

“You've got to be shocked, you don't see anything like that around here. It just blows you away,” said neighbor Barry Innerarity.

“There was never a loud instance,” said neighbor Kent Shropshire. “I never heard a raised voice over there.”

But Jefferson Parish authorities discovered a darker side of the quiet house after a concerned mother asked them to check on her ex-husband and teenage son. Investigators found Matthew Tarto, 16, shot to death inside. 

Investigators believe he was deceased for some time before his father, Mark Tarto, 52, turned the gun on himself.

Neighbors say the father and son appeared to be close. They would see them outside together from time to time and they can't imagine why anyone would do something like this.

“I can't explain, I don't understand it. I don't know how someone could harm their own child. I'd take my life before I took one of my kid’s lives,” said Shropshire.

Tarto was a sophomore football player at John Curtis Christian High School nearby. There's already an outpouring of support from friends on Facebook.

“He's the kind of son every mother would hope for. He was a good boy, never gave a problem, always had a smile, and worked very diligently at his goals,” said J.T. Curtis, Tarto’s football coach.

Now a shocked community is left wondering why. One psychiatrist said various risk factors can lead to a tragedy like this.

“Risk factors include recent separations and divorces. They tend to be very aggressive in nature; they can pit parents against each other,” said Dr. Michael Blue.

As investigators try to find a motive, it's a tragic loss for a close-knit family in a quiet neighborhood.