June 25, 2011 (Bonita) – The bodies of Sean Fuchs, 15, and Kyl Fuchs, 13, were found inside their burning home at 3641 Bonita Verde Drive in Bonita on June 21st. Both died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.
The boys’ father, Thomas Jose Fuchs, set fire to the home, then shot and killed himself, leaving behind a suicide note.
The teens, described as good students in a 10 News story, attended High Tech High School and Bonita Vista Middle School, where friends have been grieving the losses.
It is unknown what motivated the murder-suicide. However 10 News reports an acquaintance of the family indicated the father was facing potential loss of custody of his children and had financial problems.
County officials are urging troubled parents to seek help instead of harming their children, spouses or themselves, following several murder-suicides in recent weeks. If you need help, please call 1-800-479-3339 or visit www.up2SD.org.