A primary school teacher and his husband have been found dead on a beach in a ‘murder-suicide’ amid claims they sexually abused teenage boys.Aric Babbitt, 40, and his spouse, Matthew Deyo, 36, were under investigation for allegedly having sexual contact with several boys, court papers show. Police arrived at the couple’s home and tried to speak to them after a 16-year-old boy claimed he was involved in a sexual relationship with the pair.
However, neither Babbitt nor Deyo agreed to provide a statement, instead borrowing a relative’s gun and leaving the city, it is reported. Nine days later, they were discovered dead by a kayaker on a beach thousands of miles away, with both having suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the head.
A coroner has since said that Deyo shot his husband, before turning the weapon on himself and pulling the trigger, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports. The gun was reportedly discovered near the corpses, alongside a suicide note. Babbitt’s sister, Sara, revealed the family had received a letter from the couple.
In the message, she apparently alluded to the sex abuse investigation and said the pair ‘felt like they didn’t have an out and ending their lives was best for them’.