Melvindale father and son found in suspected murder-suicide

A father and son were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Melvindale, Mich.

Neighbors are in shock as they remember the close bond John Richett and his son Nicholas shared.

"You could tell he really loved Nicky," said John Rowe, a neighbor. "He took care of him. Although Nicky was really tough to handle."

Police say Friday morning, the bodies of John, 58, and his 20-year-old son, Nicholas, who has autism, were found in their house on Caryn Street.

"The gentleman took his son's life and then his own life," said Police Chief Chad Hayse. "He feared his medical problems would take his life and then he wouldn't be around to care for his son and he didn't want to burden the family."

Rowe, a long-time neighbor to the Richett family, says he remembers how much his neighbor loved his son Nicholas, who he affectionately called Nicky.

"He did tell me it was getting harder and harder," Rowe said. "But never expected this. He loved Nicky too much to do that."

Officials say if you need help handling a difficult situation, resources are available.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

"It's a caring person who not only can help you think through situation, but get you in touch with resources and let you know you are not alone," said Pat Smith of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Still, this neighbor says it will take some time before he can truly understand what led his neighbor to kill himself and his son.

"I'm just very sad to hear because John was a very nice man," Rowe said. "I really liked John."
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