Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dad murders 17-month-old son, mom (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

The newest family annihilator: PATRICK GLEASON. 

And once again, everybody asks "why" when the clues in these cases nearly always point to the same conclusion: Daddy losing control over "his" family. The fact that the police (supposedly) have no records on this guy means nothing. MOST DV victims do not call the police. Especially middle class professionals.

New developments in Kalamazoo double murder-suicide

Updated: Wednesday, July 17 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New developments are coming out Tuesday night in the case of a double murder suicide in Kalamazoo discovered Monday night.

Police say 41-year-old Patrick Gleason murdered his wife Lisa Herrera, and their infant son, before killing himself at the home off Miller Road.

Autopsies are underway, and police hope the results will shed some light on the tragedy.

Newschannel 3 also learned Tuesday night that Herrera did some work as a speech language pathologist for the Lakeview School District in Calhoun County, and also worked as an employee of the Calhoun Intermediate School District.

Herrera's father told Newschannel 3 he's not yet ready to do an on-camera interview, but says he and his wife are beyond distraught, and that they have not even begun to digest what has happened to their precious daughter and grandson whom they loved so much.

The question that still hangs over the house and the street is why.

Why would Gleason kill his wife Lisa, and their 17-month-old son, and then kill himself?

Neighbors told Newschannel 3 it's all they can think about Tuesday night.

Police are not saying how the family was killed, but neighbors say they may know after police interviewed with them, as among other things, they asked about gunshots.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Brian Uridge says they are still looking for a motive, as the couple, who married in 2010, had no record of problems.

Gleason had no criminal record in Michigan, but we did find some peculiar posts on his Facebook page, including one from two months ago, which may have signaled that the relationship was failing.

Investigators say that short, cryptic note is about the only warning sign they know of at this juncture.

"At this point, any piece of information can get to help paint the picture to what led up to this horrific event helps," Uridge said.

"That's going to come from physical evidence, going to come from family and histories and social media, all of those provide a part to providing closure."

Closure for the neighborhood and for the families will not be swift.

Herrera's father says right now, all he can focus on is his lost daughter and grandson, but added that he has been so appreciative of the outpouring of support and prayers from the community during this difficult time.