The Secunda family murder on Thursday was reportedly triggered by the son’s terminal illness. Henko suffered from muscular dystrophy, and when he searched the symptoms on Google the father was left devastated, Rapport reported.
According to the report, the 17-year-old Hoërskool Secunda pupil was left with several questions about his condition.
On Thursday, André Naudé, 50, shot his son Henko, his wife, Lizelle, 52, and his elderly mother, Tina, 83, before turning the gun on himself, News24 reported.
The police were called to the grisly scene on Friday at around 08:00 after Lizelle failed to show up at a school for disabled children, where she was employed as a teacher.
Lizelle celebrated her 52nd birthday on Christmas Day.
Andries Lee of Romans Security had visited the Naudé couple’s house, where he discovered the dead bodies.
According to Rapport, André was upset that Henko had googled about his illness.
According to police spokesperson Captain Gerhard Elmes, Lizelle, Henko, and Tina were all found in their beds with bullet wounds to their left temples.
The police discovered André in the main bedroom sitting on the toilet.
He had apparently put a 9mm pistol in his mouth and shot himself.
The pistol was found on the floor.
Two years to live and future pain
Lee, who was the first at the scene, reportedly said Henko discovered he had only two years left to live.
Rapport quoted an unnamed friend of Lizelle who said that Henko had discovered how much pain his illness would cause him in the future.
He was reportedly already wheelchair-bound and had to be dressed and bathed by his parents. Despite this, he reportedly excelled at academics and was an excellent chess player.
Police are investigating the incident.