Deputies | Mother kills son in apparent murder-suicide
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A shooting investigation is underway in Boone County after two people were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to a home around 7:30 p.m. Monday on Prenter Road.
When deputies arrived, they found two people dead.
Deputies have identified the individuals as Jonathan Runion, 48, and Tammy Runion, 64, both of Prenter Road in the Seth area.
Although the investigation is still ongoing, deputies say it appears to be a murder-suicide.
According to the sheriff’s department, investigators believe Tammy Runion shot her son, Jonathan, and then turned the gun on herself.
Deputies say Jonathan was bedridden and lived in the home with his mother and father who were his caregivers.
“This is such a terrible tragedy and has really shaken the local community,” said Sheriff Chad Barker. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Runion family and the Prenter Community. Being a caregiver can be very overwhelming and we encourage anyone who needs help to please reach out. There are numerous resources available and contacting them is easier than its ever been.”
Nova Kimble lives nearby, she was shocked to hear what happened.
“Such good people they are always friendly,” said Kimble. “We would just talk a lot with them and everything they always grew stuff in their garden and give it to people.”
She said she will always remember how the Runion family treated their neighbors.
“The kindness and just how they were with people,” said Kimble.
Investigators say there is no danger to anyone in the community.
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