WILDWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- There is more information surfacing about the father and son found dead in Babler State park, but the one question still not answered is why the apparent murder-suicide happened at all.
Police have identified the victims as Douglas Potter, 57 and Joseph Potter, 20.
Their bodies were found shortly after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in Babler State Park in Wildwood. Police believe the father shot his son and then shot himself.
"There`s a small walking bridge nearby and they were laying right there," said St. Louis County Police officer Brian Schellman.
The crime scene is just minutes from both the Potter family home and Lafayette High School where the young victim was still taking classes. School officials wouldn't say why he might still be in high school. The family had relocated to Wildwood from Plano, Texas a little less than a year ago.
“What I can tell you about Joseph from talking to some of his teachers is that he was a happy student who enjoyed coming to school and really enjoyed music and dancing,” Rockwood district spokesperson Kim Cranston said in an interview Wednesday.
Though Joseph had not been in the school long, steps were being taken by the district to help any students or staff having a tough time coping with the reality of a classmate being murdered.
“The death of a student is always devastating,” Cranston said. “And what we try to do is be sensitive to our students, be respectful of the family, and share the appropriate information. And that’s what we did today. The principal met with teachers and he sent out a communication to parents and they’re sharing the information with parents as is appropriate.”
Fox 2 spoke briefly with another son of Doug Potter’s. Sam Potter, when asked if he could shed any light on what might have led to the shooting, said it was a private family matter.
He said the family had no comment, but he did make one statement.
“My father was a good man,” he said.
The investigation took place as 6th grade campers from the Rockwood School District were inside a different part of the park. School officials sent this letter to parents as soon as police notified the district about the situation.
Rockwood officials said they worked with police to determine what the safest course of action for students was.
"They assured us that we needed to leave our kids in camp," said Jim Wipke, Rockwoods director of secondary education. "With their investigation they did not want people going in and out."
Wipke said students were not informed about what happened so they could continue to enjoy their camp experience. Police had not confirmed at the scene whether a gun was recovered.