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Neighbors in Decatur speak on mental illness after murder-suicide

Neighbors told WAAY 31 the two victims seemed to live very private lives.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2018 5:26 PM
Updated: Aug. 5, 2018 6:46 PM

Tonight neighbors in Decatur are speaking to WAAY 31 about the importance of mental health after a murder-suicide.

"I wish for people to have one friend. One close friend who they can tell the truth to and say this is what I'm feeling. This is what I'm going through," said Monica Saxton.

The tragedy took place on Wheat Avenue in Southwest Decatur.

Police said 54-year-old Ron Light shot and killed 45-year-old Autumn Wydner and then committed suicide.

Decatur Police told WAAY 31 they believe the two victims were in a domestic relationship and spoke with neighbors who said it looked like they both had a private life.

Monica Saxton loves getting to know her neighbors while walking her dog, but she told WAAY 31 Ron Light and Autumn Wydner hardly spoke back to her.

"I saw they had green houses in their backyard. I tried at one point to speak to her about the greenhouses because we just did one. But she didn't want to discuss it," Saxton said.

Other neighbors like Shellia Thomas was surprised about the murder suicide because she said violence rarely happens in the community.

"We got the kids. All you see is kids playing and dogs barking. We got the school behind us," Shellia Thomas said.

Decatur Police officials aren't releasing much about the background of Light and Wydner's relationship. However, Thomas works at the Morgan County community corrections and notices that there's a lack of resources for those with mental health issues.

"It can be drugs and family problems. It can be somebody that already has mental health issues. We don't know," Thomas said.

Saxton wishes everyone had a close friend to lean on when gong through difficult times.

"When you're in a situation like that, you don't see clearly what you're options might be. When someone else who's not feeling what you're feeling, a friend or close friend can tell you (your options)," Saxton said.

But neighbors want the family of the two victims to know one thing.

"If they need anything, we're here. We are right down the street. We have each other's backs on this street," Thomas said.

The bodies have been sent to forensics and the family is asking for some privacy.

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