The parents of two Florida teenagers, Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, and Brandon Goode, 18, have more questions than answers as to why the two allegedly shot and killed 31-year-old Florida police officer Robert German on Saturday, minutes before they killed themselves.
Hollinghurst and Goode are accused of killing the officer on duty before shooting themselves to death in Windmere, Fla., according to a March 27 report from CNN.
Two days before the alleged murder-suicide, both teens ran away from home, each leaving a suicide note for their parents to find in their Davenport homes, prompting police to report them both as being “missing endangered," according to Reuters.
Goode’s parents released a statement yesterday saying that "Words do not exist to express the measure of our sorrow and sadness."
"Whether mental illness, substance abuse or something else, we are a family searching."
The Orange County Sheriff's Office identified Hollinghurst and Goode as suspects in the shooting death of German, who called for backup just prior to stopping and questioning the two while they were walking on a Windmere street just before dawn on Saturday.
When backup from the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrived at German’s location, they found him lying dead in the street.
Officers then heard two gunshots and found the bodies of Hollinghurst and Goode in roadside brush nearby.
Excerpts from the teens’ suicide notes appear below.
"To my loving parents, I am sorry for all the pain and misery I have brought you both, not just now but from these past few years as well," begins Brandon Goode's note, hand-written in neat, even letters.
"I don't want to go through life knowing because of my mistakes that I amounted to nothing and was there fore (sic) a disappointment. Don't take that as me putting the blame on you because that is the furthest thing from the truth. Both of you have been so amazing with your constant help and support through my life."
"I love you with all my heart," the letter reads. "Please don't be sad, this is what I want now, I get to die peacefully with the woman I love, the woman of my dreams, my fiancé (yes we were engaged!). I miss you both so much already."
Hollinghurst’s suicide note to her sister and dad were described by CNN as “loving,” which is in dark contrast to the scathing and “bitter” note she left for her mother, part of which appears below.
"Thank you, for trying to talk and understand me after me being honest, after trying to fix things, thank you for turning a conversation about depression and suicide into something about you," the letter says.
"If I had stayed another minute I would have painted the walls and stained the carpets with my blood, so you could clean it up."
The police officer who lost his life after confronting the teens on Saturday was a five-year veteran with the Windermere Police Department. German had been on leave following an injury he sustained a few months back, and was just returning to the force before this weekend’s tragedy.
Windermere Police Chief David Ogden described German as “a good cop.”
"All he wanted to do is be a cop," the chief said.
"He was one of the finest police officers that we had in this agency."
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