ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - More tragic details emerging in the case of a murder-suicide in Athens last week. Sources tell WHNT News 19 the death of a beloved family pet may have been what triggered 73-year-old May Hu and her 39-year-old son Robin to agree on a suicide pact.
Friends of May and Robin Hu tell us they believe a number of factors led to their deaths last week. Robin suffered from diabetes and was on dialysis. His health was described as very poor. May reportedly told friends, who asked not to be identified for this story, that were it not for her son and her cat, she would have nothing to live for. We're told the cat got sick and died just days before the murder suicide.
Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson declines to discuss the suicide note, and says everything else is speculation.
"I don't know what May's state was when she died, but I do know that she did not shoot herself. Evidence on the scene reflects that she did not shoot herself. The evidence reflects that he shot her and then shot himself," Chief Johnson said. He stopped short of calling their deaths a suicide pact.
"Well you could call it that if you want to. I think she was very comfortable and that she wanted to die also," said Johnson.
Limestone Chapel Funeral Home says no services are planned for May or Robin Hu. Their remains were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held in the near future.