A nightmarish scenario has played out in the small town of Hermiston, Oregon. Two high school wrestling coaches were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday, as was a 14-year-old who was related to one of the victims of the shooting, reported the East Oregonian. A woman was also shot in the incident.
Kenneth E. Valdez, who coached at the local Hermiston High School, was killed at his home in the town. Jason E. Huston was reportedly found dead at the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The teen, James "J.J." Hurtado, was apparently related to one of the victims, police said, and was last seen alive getting picked up by Huston to go play disc golf at a park, according to the Associated Press. The East Oregonian reported his body was found Thursday "in a remote, rugged area outside of town." He was found after 8 p.m. local time, after police said he was considered a "missing/endangered person," and made finding him their top priority.
Police initially responded to a report of a shooting at the house that came at 11:18 a.m. local time. They entered the house, reportedly finding the bodies of the two men and the injured woman in the same bedroom. The woman was taken to the hospital after giving a "detailed statement" to police, according to the East Oregonian. Police are not looking for other suspects.
The two men were both volunteer assistant coaches at the local high school. Huston had been arrested in 2009 for "menacing and unlawful possession of a firearm," according to the East Oregonian. The menacing charge was dropped and he was sentenced to a year's probation and community service after pleading no contest to the gun charge.
"Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, students, coaches and others affected by this tragedy," said Maria Durón, communications officer for the Hermiston School District, via the Associated Press. The school planned to provide support resources for the students and staff starting Friday morning.