Police say a school principal killed his disabled son and fatally shot himself in western Michigan.
The bodies of George Heckman and his 28-year-old son Grant were found Monday night in a van on a rural road in Montcalm County's Bushnell Township. Autopsies were performed Tuesday.
George Heckman was principal at Pewamo Elementary School. The 52-year-old was supposed to become the new superintendent of the Pewamo-Westphalia district but failed to appear at a school board meeting Monday night.
The current superintendent, Garth Cooper, says Heckman's son had "severe physical disabilities." He says George Heckman's death is "tragic" for his family and a "great loss" for the community.
"Everyone that I've spoken to says that he seemed like, George always seemed pretty positive and um, you know, and just excited about the things that were going on and the changes taking place," Cooper said.
Our affiliates at WLNS report preliminary autopsy results revealed that both George and Grant Heckman died of gunshot wounds. Investigators said evidence indicates that George Heckman’s wound was self-inflicted.
The Heckmans lived in Westphalia in Clinton County.
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