Apparent Suicide Note Left After Alleged Double-Murder Suicide in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE -- It appears the man behind a double-murder suicide in Wilkes-Barre over the weekend left behind a suicide note.  That note is shocking to many neighbors who knew the family.

A bouquet of flowers sits in front of the Yashkus' apartment on McLean Street. It's a reminder to many neighbors about the tragedy that began there Saturday morning.

Police say Zach Yashkus shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Sharae Thompson and then their 3-year-old son before turning the gun on himself.

“Everyone on this block is emotionally struck because everyone knew them,” said Clifford Gibson.

“So sad because a young one lost, didn't even have a chance for life, that's not fair, that's just not fair,” said his wife Judi.

Neighbors were also surprised to read a message on Yashkus’ Facebook page posted the day of the shootings.

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Paula Triano is the executive director of the Domestic Violence Service Center in Wilkes-Barre.

“There's some kind of mental health issue going on there,” she said.

It appears there could have been a pattern of abuse. Court records show in 2012, Zach Yashkus was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after police said he cut the neck of a 17-year-old female. But the alleged victim never testified. The charges were dropped.

“To have a history of charges and then it lead to the ultimate fatality, two fatalities,” Triano said.

Triano points out there are resources people can go to if they're experiencing trouble at home, including calling the Domestic Violence Service Center at 1-800-424-5600.

“It's confidential, they don't even have to say who they are. And our counselors will provide options for them. We won't tell them what to do every situation's different,” she said.

The funeral for Thompson and the boy is tentatively set for Saturday.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for the service.

2 comments

  • Wendy

    Why didn’t the state press charges it was domestic abuse, her slit throat was proof?
    How did this psychopath get a permit to carry concealed?
    How was he able to ever purchase a weapon?
    I HOPE AND PRAY HELL DOES NOT GO EASY ON HIM!

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