Highlandtown man kills father, self

July 09, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A 46-year-old Highlandtown man apparently shot his bedridden father in the head and then turned the gun on himself yesterday, just days after he told neighbors he was tired of being an around-the-clock caregiver.

Police responded to the first block of N. Kresson St. about 7:30 p.m. after another family member discovered the bodies, said homicide detective Joseph Jefferson.

Albert Meyers, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. The man, who had suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed, was lying in bed, Jefferson said.

His son, Phillip, was also pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. He was found lying on the floor next to the bed. A handgun was found nearby, Jefferson said.

"All I know is that he took care of his father and said it was a bigger job than he expected it to be," said Shirley Hall, 65, a next-door neighbor. "It was getting to him. He was always worn out."

Neighbors said Phillip Meyers, whose mother died about five years ago, lived with his father to take care of the house and provide medical care.

Albert Meyers, was a retired longshoreman and lived in the quiet neighborhood for more than 35 years, according to friends and neighbors.

"They were quiet people, and the son was a good boy," said Diane Canary, 36, who lives across the street. "But we very seldom saw either one out."

Albert Meyers had another son and a daughter who made daily trips to help Phillip Meyers, neighbors said.

Jefferson said detectives are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide..

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