Athens Police identify mother and son dead from apparent murder-suicide

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Police continue to investigate an apparent murder-suicide at 305 Longview Street.  They responded to the home on Wednesday afternoon.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said a UPS driver alerted police to a note found on the door of the residence that caused some concern shortly after 1 p.m.

“We interpreted it to be a suicide-type note,” said Johnson. “So what happened from there is he called the police department. The police department responded. Officers entered the residence, checked it and found two bodies.”

Police found an elderly mother and her adult son dead in a bed from apparent gunshot wounds. Police identified the mother as May Chao Mei Hu and the son as Robin Shen Hu.

“Our preliminary investigation is showing that it is a murder-suicide,” said Johnson. “We have both of the bodies at forensics this evening and then hopefully an autopsy will tell us for sure.”

Longview Street is an isolated community off Browns Ferry Street in Athens, so neighbors were shocked to learn of the news.

“It’s very disturbing even though I don’t know them hardly at all, just to see them, it’s very upsetting,” said neighbor Cynthia Brundidge.

Brundidge lived across the street from the mother and son.  She says the son was fairly reserved.

“I did one time get to talk to the son, when he was out waiting for his van to pick him up because he did dialysis every day and just chit-chatted for just a couple minutes,” said Brundidge.

Neighbors say he suffered from diabetes and received regular dialysis treatments.

As for the mother, neighbors say she was more well-known throughout the community.

“This lady was one of the sweetest, kindest people that you would ever want to meet,” said Johnson.

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