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Apparent murder-suicide in Cabool: Police think mother shot son, then herself

November 22, 2011|by Jay Scherder, KY3 News |

CABOOL, Mo. -- The Cabool Police Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide.  Officers say it appears Tammy Fleming, 43, shot her son, Charles Loftis, 15, and then turned the gun on herself. 

A family member went to check on Fleming late Monday and found them dead at their home in the 600 block of Sunset.

Police say Fleming had no criminal history and there were no signs of drugs in the home, only personal despair and desperation.  They say there was a suicide note left behind that they believe was written by Fleming that might shed some light as to why she did this.

"The note that was left at the scene indicated there were financial concerns for the family and apparently she saw no other way out.  Evidence at the scene indicated that she had shot the son and then took her own life,” said Officer Walter Darter.


The son, Charles Loftis, was in the 8th grade at Cabool Middle School.  School administrators called in a crisis team of counselors from area schools to try to help students cope with the death of a classmate.  The counselors mostly listen to the students and talk to them to try to help them get through this.

Meanwhile, Counselors at Burrell Behavioral Health are seeing a trend with their clients -- overbearing financial concerns causing depression and suicidal thoughts.

“I would say recently especially within the last week with Thanksgiving approaching," said Brurell Counselor Brandi Noirfalise, "absolutely.”

According to a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of suicides rises during times of economic hardship especially for working adults.

“Sometimes people get so hopeless that they feel that there is absolutely no way that they can get out of the rut that they are in,” said Noirfalise.

While the community of Cabool deals with the loss of two of its own, Noirfalise hopes this is a wake up call to anyone feeling overwhelmed--financially or emotionally,  to reach out and get help.

"While I understand at times that suicide seems like it is the only choice," she said, "and there are some people that feel there is no other way, but there is always hope… there are people out there who are willing to help you."

For help call Brurell Crisis Hotline: 417-862-6555 or 1-800-494-7355 or visit their website

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