On Sunday afternoon, Earl Myatt called his son, Brad. Earl put Brad's mom, Mary, who suffered a brain aneurysm in January, on the phone. Then Earl got back on, and "he just said he loved me and he was sorry," Brad tells the Syracuse Post-Standard. Knowing something wasn't right, Brad frantically asked where his parents were, but Earl hung up. Then he and Mary, both 59, walked into the path of an oncoming train in Verona, New York. They died together after 42 years of marriage, and Brad, 30, says his mother's frustration and his father's devastation since the aneurysm led to their decision.
Mary, a beloved mom of two and grandma of four, had never been the same since the aneurysm; she had the cognitive function of a toddler, and Brad says his father "missed his wife. ... She was his world." She'd spent a month in intensive care and had multiple surgeries, the most recent just two weeks ago. "He called me at 1:35, and at 1:37, they were dead," Brad tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch. "We’re devastated … but I want everyone to know that my father was a good man, and my mother was an angel who would do anything for anybody." He's also called the train driver to apologize for his parents' actions. (Read more suicide stories.)