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Jealousy possibly led to East Naples murder-suicide of father and son

Collier County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a murder-suicide of a man and child at a condo in East Naples. The responding Collier deputy’s officials report shows a woman says the man made ambiguous text message threats prior to his death and the child’s death.

We spoke to the father and grandfather of the victims who confirm they are father and son.

Monday, according to the CCSO report, a Collier deputy responded to an apartment along the 1500 block of Sandpiper Street in East Naples, where Paul D. Warren, 45, and his 5-year-old son were both found lying dead in a bedroom at the home, and the deputy said Warren still had a gun in his hand.

Deputies: Woman says man threatened her prior to murder-suicide

In the deputy report, the deputy made contact with a woman who said she had not heard from Warren since the previous night. The woman told the deputy Warren had sent texts to her that made a threat along the lines of “You are going to regret this.”

The woman contacted the child’s school and learned he never arrived Monday. The woman went to Warren’s home and let herself in when she did not receive an answer to her knocking and realized the door was unlocked. Once inside, she found Warren and his son dead together in a bed.

Neighbors at the apartments called law enforcement due to reports of frantic screaming heard from Warren’s home at the complex. That is when crime investigators responded to the home.

The woman told the deputy Warren has both threatened and attempted suicide in the past but did not recall anything of that nature recently.

The woman also told CCSO Warren had shown jealousy toward her, since she was recently seeing someone else.

Warren’s father spoke to us on the phone and said his child’s name is Colton. He believes Warrens jealousy also could have led him to his final actions. He says Warren and the woman, whose official relationship is not known currently, had spoken about getting married but never did. Warren’s father, a pastor, said he last spoke to his son three weeks ago when he says Warren lost his job.

Neighbors continue to be shocked by the murder-suicide in their community. Neighbor Forrest Ficke shared his condolences for Warren’s family and all loved ones connected to the tragedy.

“The family is very distraught right now from what I heard,” Ficke said. “They’re obviously going to be with the loss of a 5-year-old. That’s hard for anyone. That’s a mother’s worst nightmare and just about any family member’s worst nightmare.”

CCSO has not released any further details and continues to investigate the apparent murder-suicide.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it evolves,” Ficke said. “If this turns into something further, it’s going to be even more of a surprise and shock to me, I would say.”

Reporter:Taylor Smith
Nicole Gabe
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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