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Murder-suicide: Dad ‘didn’t want to leave a burden’ for kids, son says

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ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT : On the bed where he said he found his mother’s strangled body, a few feet from where his father hanged himself from a bathroom door, Kwang Kim laid out the shirts this afternoon that his parents will wear at their funerals.


He also set out photographs next to the clothes, to be brought to Blackley Funeral Home in Ridgefield, where he and his sister are having the elderly couple waked.

“I believe he didn’t want to leave a burden for us,” the middle-aged Kim told CLIFFVIEW PILOT ‘S Elizabeth Kim this afternoon.

PHOTO by ELIZABETH KIM (Property CLIFFVIEWPILOT LLC)

“She was in a great deal of pain. She couldn’t use her hands or her legs,” he told CLIFFVIEW PILOT in Korean. “She could barely walk.”

Meanwhile, his father grew increasingly depressed, Kim told the web site, especially after recently being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Dae Sung Kim, 79, and his partially bed-ridden wife, 78-year-old Sun Chu Cho, plan their deaths, did the husband take it upon himself?

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli this afternoon said investigators were still awaiting autopsy results. Howver, he said, they’re sure “it’s a murder-suicide.”

Kim told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that he and his sister believe their father didn’t want for them to have to struggle with the cost and difficulties of their infirmities.

PHOTO by ELIZABETH KIM (Property CLIFFVIEW PILOT LLC)

Both were awake in bed when he left for work Monday morning, Kwang Kim said. When he and his sister couldn’t reach them during the day, he said, he hopped a bus back home — and found their bodies. (See: Son finds parents’ bodies .)

His father had used a necktie to strangle his mother, then tied it to a bathroom door hinge and hanged himself, he said. A one-page suicide note, written in Korean, was found in the bathroom, the building super told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Kwang Kim wouldn’t discuss the note.

However, a law enforcement official who read it said Dae Sung Kim “talks about his own pain amd apologizes to” his son and daughter. He also asks to be cremated, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

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