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Murder-Suicide: Charles Neddo, 15,
Shoots Brother David Neddo, 12, Then Self

Murder-Suicide: Charles Neddo, 15,
Shoots Brother David Neddo, 12, Then Self

by Kevin Caruso

August 29, 2004

The community of Shertz, Texas, near San Antonio, is in a deep state of shock as they are trying to understand the murder-suicide of 15- and 12-year-old brothers.

On August 26, Charles Neddo, 15, used a .357-caliber revolver to murder his younger brother David Neddo, 12, before shooting himself in the head.

The murder-suicide occurred at about 7:45 a.m., just a few minutes before the boys were to leave for school.

Both boys were quite popular and were active in the Boy Scouts and their church.

"It's a shame that something like this had to happen," said James Schindler, a city spokesman. "I think every member of the community feels something."

Students at the schools that the boys attended are having a difficult time coping with the tragedy. Their schools have provided on-campus counseling to help them with their shock and grief.

The boys were the only children of Air Force Lt. Guy Neddo, a pilot instructor at Randolph Air Force Base, and his wife, Josephine.


Charles Neddo was probably suffering from depression or a similar mental illness.

Over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness.

And untreated depression is the number on cause for suicide.

If you think that you may be suffering from depression, please make an appointment with a doctor and a therapist so you may be evaluated and treated.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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