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Story by Gordon Grearson - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday December 24, 2010 - 11:24 AM
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HARRISBRG, Oregon - A man who seemed irrational and had been making paranoid statements fatally stabbed his son and himself yesterday morning. The Linn County Sheriff's Office said father and son were alone in the home. Their bodies were found last night by the man's wife.

Darwin D. Stout, 48, and Jared Stout, 13, both died of knife wounds.

LaMae Stout, mother and wife, discovered the bodies when she arrived home from work last night at the family's home on Monroe Street. She called 9-1-1.

Police say Darwin Stout had begun making irrational and paranoid statements last week but nothing he said seemed to indicate he could turn violent. "It got to the point where he ended up volunteering to go to Sacred Heart (Medical Center in Eugene) to be evaluated", a police representative stated.

Neighbor Josh Davis who just moved next door with his wife and sons two months ago, said he was shocked this would happen in a neighborhood full of children.

"I think just about every house on the block has kids," said Davis. "We're always seeing their bikes."

Another neighbor, Maggie Cooley seemed particularly affected. "Before going to bed last night, I went back in each of my kids' room and gave them both a kiss and told them how much I loved them," said Cooley. "Because you don't know when the last time will be."