'We don’t know how to feel': San Antonio family reacts to double-murder suicide

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by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

khou.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 9:23 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Family members are mourning the loss of a husband, wife and their son after police discovered their bodies inside a west-side home on Thursday morning.
 
“We’re devastated," said Andrew Rishell. "We don’t know what to say. We don’t know how to feel right now. We don’t know how to explain our feelings because we’re shocked."
 
Rishell is stunned when he found out his uncle George Rishell, great uncle Herb Rishell and great aunt Mary Rishell were all shot to death inside their home.
 
SAPD said they made a welfare check to the home Thursday morning after a Minnesota trucking company reported George and his father, Herb, hadn’t shown up to work for a couple of weeks. Inside the home, police found all three shot to death in different rooms.
 
“It appears from everything we see in there it was a double-murder suicide,” said SAPD Chief William McManus.
 
McManus said it appears the 76-year-old shot his son and wife before taking his own life. Police found dozens of rifles and shotguns and said the bodies were badly decomposed and were likely there for days. Despite the shocking and disturbing news, Rishell said he will always have fond memories of his relatives.
 
“Happy. Cheerful. They get along, they help others,” Rishell said. “That’s how I’m going to remember them, not whatever was on the news or whatever anyone said.”
 
Rishell said at this point there’s only one thing he and other family members can do.
 
“All I can do is ask for thoughts and prayers for everybody,” he said. "That’s all we can do."

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