On Sunday evening, the Calcasieu Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) received a call about a Facebook post written by Kenneth Bacque Jr.
According to KPLC, in the post, which has since been taken down, Bacque explains that he and his wife were in the middle of a divorce. He says that his world had “slipped away” and that he and his son were “going home.” He ends by saying: “Call 911 & Coroner.”
Once alerted, CPSO deputies were dispatched to Bacque’s home, where they were required to make a forced entry. Inside, they found an unresponsive Bacque and his four-year-old son in a back bedroom. The boy and his father were pronounced dead at the scene.
A source close to the family tells Independent Journal Review that Bacque was a “sweet, generous, humble person.” Unfortunately, the source says, he suffered from mental illness — it ran in his family — and he was taking the divorce and its implications particularly hard.
“For this horrendous act to happen, he wasn’t in his right mind,” says the source. “He wasn’t a monster, he was having a mental break.”
Authorities at the CSPO believe that Bacque shot his son before shooting himself. They are continuing to investigate.
It’s unfortunate that by the time the Facebook post was read, reported, and acted upon, it was too late. But it is a good reminder to always take posts like Bacque’s seriously. It could save a life.
Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time.