Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Suspect in Murder-Suicide Sought Help

Brother: Gunman in murder-suicide near J'town battled PTSD
WAVE3 News
By Joey Brown, Digital Content Manager
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016
Brad Hettinger's obituary shows him in a military uniform and identifies him as Captain Brad Louis Hettinger. It states that he had served as captain of the 8-229th ARB Task Force Apache Flying Tigers overseas.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The brother of a man who shot and killed his wife and two young children, and then torched their house before taking his own life on Sunday says in a written statement about the tragedy that Brad Hettinger had been battling post-traumatic stress disorder.

The statement, issued just after noon on Wednesday, reads in its entirety as follows:

"We as a family are devastated and deeply shaken by the events that have transpired. Brad Hettinger was an honorable, respectable, family centered man who believed strongly in his religious values, who served his country with valor, and who provided a nurturing and caring environment for his family. Before the events of March 20, Brad was actively seeking help for complications associated with PTSD while simultaneously attending marriage counseling with his wife. We ask the greater Louisville community to direct some of your prayers and thoughts toward the Gayheart and Hettinger families during this most grievous of times."
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