Killings in Fort Washington were murder-suicide, police say
Mother apparently shot adult son, then herself
A 65-year-old mother with terminal cancer is believed to have shot and killed her paralyzed 39-year-old son and then herself in their Fort Washington home, police said.
The bodies of Patricia Ann Corder and her son, Tracy Adam Corder, were found by police at 8:30 a.m. Monday in their home in the 1600 block of Clarion Terrace after a family member called police, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department.
Both the mother and son were dead when police arrived. Police were unsure when the shootings took place.
Patricia Corder had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and it is believed that may have played into the shooting, Copeland said.
Tracy Corder had broken his spine nearly 15 years before and was paralyzed from the waist down, said longtime neighbor Horace Brown. The mother and son lived together and Tracy Corder relied on her for care but was mobile in a wheelchair and had a job with the federal government. Patricia Corder had been diagnosed with cancer before, Brown said.
"I guess it was too much pressure for her," he said of the second diagnosis.
Patricia Corder's husband died years earlier but another son lived close by, Brown said.
"They were nice people," Brown said. "You can see a person every day but not know what they're thinking."
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