Crisis In The Family Courts

Death of father and son officially ruled a murder-suicide

Posted in Murder-Suicide by abatteredmother on May 14, 2009

Death of Garland father and son officially ruled a murder-suicide

06:02 PM CDT on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News

A 37-year-old man who shot his 10-year-old son in a picnic area at a Garland park took his own life, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office has ruled.

A man walking his dog found the bodies of Matthew Jason Knapp and his son, Brody, just after 7 a.m. Friday at the park near Firewheel Golf Course. A pistol was found on the father’s body. The medical examiner previously ruled Brody’s death a homicide, and this week said Knapp committed suicide.

The pair had been to church in Garland that evening, but did not return home. Knapp’s wife reported them missing a few hours before they were found in the park, which is about four miles from their Sachse home.

Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said Tuesday that detectives still do not have a motive.

"We may never know why this happened," Harn said. "Our investigators are continuing to look for information."

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