Michigan man kills wife and sons, then goes to sleep… PERMANENTLY

 Husband kills wife, 2 sons and himself

 Mother and 2 sons found dead in home, father kills himself

With the economy the way it is and everyone struggling financially to keep their heads above water, we can understand the stress and even the dark thoughts to end it all, what we can’t understand is the father that decides not only to end his life, but the lives of his wife and two sons first.  That is the case in this story coming to us from my home state, Michigan.  Let’s get to it shall we.

On January 13th Police in Novi, MI, received a call from a family friend after Camden Schons (4) and Tynan Schons (6) did not show up for school and their mother Jennifer Schons (38) missed a scheduled appointment.  Officers went to their home around noon for a welfare check; inside they found their bodies.  Jennifer was in her room and had died of multiple stab wounds.  The boys were found in another room both had been choked to death.  The father Mark Schons (39) was not in the house, so an alert was issued for his vehicle.  Two hours later he was found in a Lowe’s (Wal-Mart in some articles) parking lot, he had died of an apparent suicide.  He had lit a charcoal grill in the passenger seat of his SUV and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Now I can understand him wanting to end his life and even doing so in the easiest way possible, but this cowardly man stabbed his wife and choked his two sons to death, then he takes his ass out by carbon monoxide, essentially putting himself to sleep permanently.  Where was that mercy when he was taking the lives of his family?  Here’s an even better idea if you really want to end it all, do it, but leave your wife and kids out of it!

The motive is unknown, as suicide note has been found.  According to family the Schons owned a now-defunct party-supply store, were deep in debt, had filed for bankruptcy in December and were considering divorce, although they continued to live in the same residence.

The police are looking into the 19-20 hours prior to the murders/suicide to see what may have triggered Mark to make his fateful decision.  Novi Police Chief Molloy said, “We may never know what triggered this event, but we will know everything about these people and what led to this.” 

The autopsy results:

Jennifer Schons, 38-year-old, female, homicide, multiple sharp force injuries (a knife was found with Mark in the SUV)

Tynan Schons, 6-year-old, male, homicide, asphyxiation due to compression

Camden Schons, 4-year-old, male, homicide, asphyxiation due to compression

Mark Schons, 39-year-old, male, suicide, carbon monoxide poisoning

Tynan and Camden Schons

So sad… R.I.P. Jennifer, Tynan and Camden.

8-year-old dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, mother charged

Brandon Yang


Mother charged in the death of her son 

On January 16th a 16-year-old boy returning home from school smelled smoke in the town home she shared with his mother Li Rong Zhang (39) and his younger brother Brandon Yang (8).  After attempting to get into his mother’s bedroom and kicking the door several times, he called 911.  The firefighters arrived and broke through a makeshift barricade to find Brandon face down on the bed and his mother face down on the floor, near by a hibachi grill full of charcoal briquettes glowing red in the middle.  CPR was performed on both, but Brandon later died at Quincy Medical Center, his mother was treated for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Boston Medical Center. 

Despite all the neighbors’ claims that Li Rong would never harm her children, the police believe this was a case of murder-suicide.  As the door, the only way to escape the room, was barricaded with a large bureau extending from floor to ceiling, there was no food in the room or on the grill.  According to police chief Keenan suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning is quite common in their native country ….China. 

Brandon was just honored at his school in the “Terrific Kids” program.  By all accounts he was a great child, who loved his family and had a great relationship with his older brother. 

Zhang was arraigned on murder charges in her hospital room. 

This is so sad a good kid, a mother who appeared to be a loving, doting and attentive mother and she does this.  Not one of her neighbors believe it was in purpose, but there was no other pliable reason for the grill to be inside the home.  The heat and electricity were both operating properly.  Why barricade the only way out, if the intention was not there to keep them in the room.  I guess we should be grateful she did it gently, instead of torturing him.  But to me it is sad state of affairs when we can be so used to parents taking their children’s lives that we are grateful she did it gently. 

Thanks to Jill P. for the tip.