The holidays can be challenging on some people. Divorce can make this time very difficult as well. And these things could be why 51-year-old Gary Sherrill seems to have lost his ability to think rationally. But we may never know exactly why Sherrill killed his 13-year-old son David with an axe on New Year's Eve. Or why he believed his son was possessed.
The elder Sherrill picked up his son from his ex-wife's home a day early. David's mother had been trying to get in touch with her son and didn't get a reply. Then he didn't return home when he was supposed to so she called the Phoenix police. When they arrived at Sherrill's home they discovered the unthinkable.
First Sherrill lied and said his son wasn't there, but the police entered the home and found the 13-year-old dead with stab wounds from an axe all over his body. There was signs of trauma as well. Perhaps there was a struggle of some sort. This is just so awful and sad.
The homicide detectives arrived and Sherrill admitted to murdering his son with an axe because he was scared of him. He said he believed his son was a demon and was going to eat him. Sherrill has been charged with first degree murder.
The breakdown of this man's mind is terrifying. A young boy -- a man's son, a mother's child -- has been murdered. I am just left thinking of the mother. Her feelings of helplessness and a sadness no person should ever have to bear. Truly awful. I hope her family and friends surround her with the love and light she needs right now. And I certainly feel we should all try to pay attention to any warning signs that something isn't right in another's person mind.
Do you think the holidays and divorce could lead people to do the unthinkable?
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