Police in Erie, Colorado are investigating a murder-suicide involving a young child victim. Called to a home by family members around 11:25 a.m. Saturday morning, authorities discovered a father, mother and their 4-year-old son, all dead in their Erie home.
The Boulder County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as John Paul Ferrar, 48, Elizabeth Stacy Ferrar, 40, and Ian Connor Ferrar, 4.
Although autopsies to find the causes of death have not been completed, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, posted on social media that the office was investigating a murder-suicide and gun violence.
Stacy was an actress and on the Friday evening before the tragedy, she posted photos of her first day of shooting the short film that she wrote and was co-producing. Her posts were reportedly filled with “words of excitement.”
“Every time I saw her on screen, she kind of reminded me of Katherine Hepburn … everybody loved her,” said Tyler Cone, one of the actors in Stacy’s film.
“She was supposed to show up on Saturday, didn’t show up on set … and that’s not like Stacy. Stacy is very professional, she’s very solid,” Cone said, recalling why he and the rest of the cast and crew knew that something wasn’t right.
Friends report that Stacey, also an engineer for Ball Aerospace, had recently divorced from her husband after nearly 18 years of marriage. Stacy was planning a move to New Mexico in pursuit of an acting career after she finished her film.
Cone said colleagues and friends are “extremely angry” about the news.
“That’s our first response is just, what a coward … her folks have not only lost her, but they also lost their grandson,” Cone said. “And it’s just unspeakable.”
One of the Ferrar’s neighbors, Mohammad Mohebi, reports that he didn’t witness signs of violence, but he indicated that John Farrar may have been experiencing mental problems.
“I think he has little problems with his mind,” Mohebi said, using a hand gesture to indicate “crazy.”
Autopsy results are expected on Monday, according to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.
Meanwhile, Ferrar’s friends and family are trying to cope with the loss. “We’re all going to miss her a lot,” Cone said.
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