Dad shoots son, 3, in 'murder suicide' after making 'kill list' of wife's relatives

By William Walker

A man drew up a 'kill list' of his estranged wife's relatives amid a divorce before shooting his three-year-old son and himself dead, police believe.

Derek Thebo, 32, is said to have told his wife Katie he would kill her and her children according to a Police Protection Order (PPO) filed in Michigan, US.

According to court documents he made the threats and said he would save her children 'for last' before killing himself.

Thebo and the couple's three-year-old son Dylan were tragically found dead as he was going through a divorce and child custody battle.

They were discovered at their home in Lowell Township, Michigan, on September 1 by Kent County officers.

The tragedy was discovered on Wednesday (Fox17)

In court documents seen by Fox 17 wife Katie wrote: "He threatened to kill me, my children, and my family, and to commit suicide afterward.

"He rattled off the names of my family members and said he knew where they worked, he knew when they were home, and that he could get to them and hurt them."

Before the shocking alleged murder-suicide Dylan’s mum claimed every time they would fight, Derek would make a 'death threat.'

The documents claim he had threatened to kill her, the kids, her family, and commit suicide after, even saying he’d save her children “for last.”

Threats were said to have been made before the incident (Fox17)

He was described as a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde character and recalling a gift received on Mother's Day she said he included a chilling message.

Words written on a gift said 'you will be my last' she claimed.

He was said to have denied the threatening messages before his death, and stated there was nothing he loved more than his son.

The publication reports that Thebo was a corrections officer for the state of Michigan but was fired in 2019.

Dylan's mum has now launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover the costs of her son's funeral.

She paid tribute to him on the fundraising page and described him as 'an amazing kiddo who was full of energy, loved being around family and friends, and always brought a smile to everyone's face with his crazy antics and sayings.'

She added: "Dylan loved Paw Patrol, excavators, cars and trucks, and singing and dancing. Most of all Dylan loved his momma and big sister."

So far the appeal has raised more than £18,500.

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