Washington couple shot in their home by ‘Reclusive’ son because he was mad at his mom for planning to sell their home – Microsoft employee Matthew Ficken, 34, lived with his dead parents bodies for five days before committing suicide
‘Reclusive’ Microsoft employee, 34, shot dead his parents at their home in Sammamish, Washington, before committing suicide
Lorraine, 68, and Robert, 72, were found with gunshot wounds on Tuesday afternoon in the $700,000 home along with their adult son, Matthew
Mathew Ficken lived with their dead bodies for five days before turning the gun on himself, when deputies appeared for a welfare check on the couple
Investigators said 34-year-old Matthew Ficken, a software engineer, lived and worked from his parent’s home
It’s thought Matthew Ficken ‘was mad at his mom’ for planning to sell their house and move to be near family
Real estate agent Lorraine Ficken, left, was found dead alongside her husband Robert. The couple are said to have been killed by their own son, Matthew, [right]
A ‘reclusive’ son lived with the bodies of his murdered parents for ‘five days’ before killing himself.
King County Sheriff Deputy investigators said Matthew Ficken, 34, shot his parents, Lorraine and Robert Ficken, on the evening of Jan. 10, or on the morning of Jan. 11.
However, he didn’t kill himself until five days later when deputies came to the house do a welfare check on Tuesday. Concerned family members called authorities after not hearing from them for several days, according to KOMO news.
Lorraine, 68, and Robert, 72, were found dead on Tuesday afternoon in their $700,000 home in Sammamish, Washington, along with their adult son Matthew. All had died from gunshot wounds.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Matthew died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head and his death was ruled a suicide.
Lorraine and Robert had split amicably ten years ago but still lived together with their son, The Seattle Times reports. Mathew a software engineer was a long-term Microsoft employee, who worked from home.
Detectives believe a possible motive for the murders occurred when Matthew was told his mother was moving out of state and he would have to find his own place.”
Family members have said Matthew was ‘mad at his mom for planning to sell the house and move to Oregon to be near her family, even though detectives said she gave him more than enough money to get started on his own place. She “gave him enough money to pay for his first and last month deposit on an apartment and additional expenses,” police said.
‘Matthew always lived at home, he didn’t have a job,’ said King Co. Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ryan Abbott. ‘From what the family tells us, he just could take it for some reason and didn’t want the house he grew up in from being sold from underneath him. And for some reason he shot and killed his parents over this.’