Spring of Mission Viejo's Discontent: Family Murder-Suicide, Public Suicide and Near Suicide

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R.I.P. Sheer family (from left): Mark, Lydia, Amy and Michael, the presumed gunman.

Is something in the water in Mission Viejo? Are moon beams hitting it at just the right (wrong) angle? Mood-altering, secret-government radiowaves, anyone? It's surely coincidence that within days of another there was a murder-suicide of a family of four "perfect Christians," a suicide performed in a public and another nearly completed in the normally sleepy city of 95,000. But the coroner should open a branch there if this keeps up.

Michael Sheer, 21, Suspected of Having Fatally Shot His Father, Mother, Sister and Self: Update

The nightmare began Tuesday morning, when a welfare check by deputies led to the grisly discovery of Mark and Lydia Sheer and their children Amy and Michael, who were part of what friends and officials at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Mission Viejo knew as a "perfect Christian" family. The sheriff's department revealed last week that 21-year-old Michael is presumed to have taken out his father, 55, mother, 54, and 15-year-old sister with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

A college student who lived at home, Michael Sheer had no prior criminal record, just three speeding tickets. The only chink in his armor came from a fellow former member of the Saddleback Valley Christian High School football team who observed for the Christian Post that Michael had trouble making friends--and that the interviewee may have been Michael's only friend.

The community around the Sheers' two-story home on Pacific Hills Drive was still numb by Friday, when deputies got a call in the wee hours from a man in a home on Argento saying he was going to hurt himself.

Seconds later, at 4:17 a.m., dispatchers had a nearby resident on the horn who'd heard a gunshot and seen a man slumped in the street. Deputies arrived to find a man who'd apparently shot himself to death, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock, the department spokesman.

Later that same morning, around 10:30 a.m., firefighters were flagged down by a motorist who'd seen a man running in traffic lanes and yelling at passing motorists in the area of the 5 Freeway at the Crown Valley Parkway overpass in Mission Viejo. As firefighters approached the fellow, he purposely walked into the busy traffic lanes of the surface street, but when a fire captain ordered the distraught soul to sit down on the curb, he began running away in between cars.

He managed to reach the bridge abutment section of the overpass, shimmy out of the pedestrian safety fence and jump down 10 feet onto the ice plant, where a firefighter was waiting. The fellow darted toward the northbound lanes, but he was tackled by a paramedic and together they rolled about 50 feet down the embankment to the freeway's edge.

The 43-year-old was eventually sedated by paramedics, handcuffed by deputies and hauled off to Mission Hospital. We can't blame the water, moon or radiowaves for this one: authorities say he was under the influence of unspecified drugs.

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kska
kska

It's not OC or the water. It is the NRA and the RepubLIE-KKK-CON legislators who are bought and paid for by the NRA - plus religion nuttiness plus mental illness. 

Shasta Sarduho
Shasta Sarduho

I'm sorry, I cannot "hear" anyone's post about the article. Can you explain how that is done?

zoeyastrobabe
zoeyastrobabe

Mission Viejo is quite lovely, and quiet, and seems quite civilized.  I can't imagine depression becoming quite that deep in such nice surroundings.

Perris, in the IE of SoCali is a dirty, unattractive town with nothing going on.  It's also one of the poorest towns in the IE. Perris is the town I would think people are dropping like flies, but I don't believe that is the case.  

I just do not understand the despair of some of those that live in a town with pleasant, clean, well manicured surroundings, nice atmosphere, close to the beach and lots of activities and cultural events to keep them occupied and engaged.  It's quite an enigma.

Katelyn Elsie Pinnecker
Katelyn Elsie Pinnecker

Did he really kill his family? Or is it a cover up for something? Don't always believe what you hear.

kengelbrecht1
kengelbrecht1

The suicide at Argento was horrific. I heard the shot and immediately saw the man. The shotgun he used made it an unspeakable messy tragedy. In fact, I am going to counseling this week for it, and I am a very strong person. RIP to the man who had that much despair and couldn't seek help. Remember people, life isn't always easy, but in the end, its worth it!

Elizabeth Fields
Elizabeth Fields

Yes, there is somethingS in the water.....for real......

zepfan
zepfan

It can happen anywhere.  Mission Viejo is a beautiful town with lots of trees, parks, fields, walking paths and a swimming and boating lake for families and their children and with summer concerts.  Voted the safest city but that would not include dipshits that want to take their own lives of course.  Also very few what some call cookie cutter homes in MV.  I live in an area of all different homes and across the street is not a neighbor or home but a lovely greenbelt.  It is worth living here and paying for an HOA because your neighbors can't paint their house just any color (but yes - many colors to choose from) and they cannot use their driveway or front of house as a mechanic shop. I would say the people could be more friendly however but I was warned about that when I moved to the Orange Curtain 14 years ago.  I did not believe but it is true. People actually think I am from the midwest since I am so friendly but actually only from up the road about 2 hours. LOL!  Sometimes I think I'm getting that OC pissy attitude and then I check myself. 

Al Echeverria
Al Echeverria

Me and my friend actually saw it happen on Saturday when the crazy man jumped from the overpass down to the plants right next to the freeway...

Jake Rankin
Jake Rankin

Not to mention they torn down the only record store, comic book store, and dollar theater so they could put a pet co, jamba juice, staples typical shopping center seen all over the country.

Jake Rankin
Jake Rankin

And our neighboring city changed it's name to Lake Forest because El Toro wasn't boring enough.

Cassy Otero
Cassy Otero

Jake Rankin the city you grew up in is so damn cookie cutter and boring that the residents are going crazy! Luckily you got out and your a santanero now lol!

Heather Good McTaggart
Heather Good McTaggart

This makes me sad for the city we moved from 2 1/2 years ago :-(. This quiet sleepy town was good to us.

MelonHead
MelonHead

According to LA Times, Michael attended community college for a couple semesters and then dropped out.

Brad Bona
Brad Bona

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performersacademy
performersacademy

Another man a few days ago shot himself (death) in a cul de sac in MV.



Margarita Vela
Margarita Vela

Ruben Diaz what are the odds right? Statistic waiting to happen!!!!

innercityskyline
innercityskyline

Suicide is for the weak! Living is hard, and requires the right mind set. Its important for those with suicidal thoughts to consider a professional. 


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20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Pastor Rick Warren says that his son is in heaven even after committing suicide; just curious, does Rick give the same pass to Michael Sheer?  Yes or No?  Heaven or Hell?  Please teach us Pastor Rick.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

It's so funny that people think if they live in a neighborhood without an HOA, right away you will be surrounded with homes painted in a rainbow of colors! Weird. Oh, the auto body shop in the driveway or even on the front lawn is a good one as well. I'm happy that those narrow-minded people are paying $300+ per month in dues and not me! Sorry, no crazy colors in my neighborhood going on and NO HOA dues either! It's also against city code to work on your vehicle or anyone else's vehicle in the driveway or on the street out front of your home as if it were a business/auto repair shop. I have yet to see that going on in my beautiful, historic, clean, very neighborly, well established and safe neighborhood here in Santa Ana. In fact, people from all over the OC pay $40/ticket, stand in a long line on a hot summer day in front of our houses waiting to go inside the home and take a tour. People walk through and admire our gardens, immaculate and unique landscaping, enjoy a beautiful tree lined street set up with art vendors, a dozen or so classic cars that people in our neighborhood own, a lemonade stand, hambergurs and hot dogs and some live folk or country music. The tickets sell out every year for our home tour. Huge beautiful homes, georgeous gardens and very friendly, proud people live here and there iate no HOA dues. Imagine that! Sells out every year! People need to get out more, there's more to life beyond the faux gates and ridiculous HOA dues. See you next year at the Floral Park Home Tour in Santa Ana! Yes! Santa Ana!

kska
kska

"My friend and I" not "me and my friend."   Just thought you would want to know. 

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

If you're not living in a custom home or an apartment, then most likely, you're living in a cookie cutter home. Just because a home was built in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc doesn't mean it isn't cookie cutter. In fact, it's even more cookie cutter as builders then didn't put forth as much effort to create different models and elevations.

steely
steely

@20ftjesus All sins are mortal sins:  that means hell for all of us.  (Romans 3:10)  EXCEPT THAT Jesus took our mortal punishment  for us--literally.  That is the whole point of Jesus' perfect life, his undeserved death, and his resurrection.  So, through faith in Christ... Yes, Michael is in heaven.  (Mark 16:16)  Can't speak to what Rick says...but I'll go with what God says on this one.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@20ftjesus


Mortal Sins = do not pass the pearly gates, do not collect $200



fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@dubyadawg 

Great post.

Personally, I think HOAs turn neighborhoods into fascist little fiefdoms. I understand not wanting people to work on their cars in their driveways (with the hazardous materials involved) but if I want to paint my house neon pink with purple trim I don't think anyone has the right to deny me that freedom.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@steely @20ftjesus


Suicide = Unpardonable Sin


Conservative Protestants (EvangelicalsCharismaticsPentecostals, and other denominations) have often argued that because suicide involves self-murder, then anyone who commits it is sinning and is the same as if the person murdered another human being. 


An additional view concerns the act of asking for salvation and accepting Jesus Christ as personal savior, which must be done prior to death. This is an important aspect of many Protestant denominations, and the problem with suicide is that once dead the individual is unable to accept salvation. 


The unpardonable sin then becomes not the suicide itself, but rather the refusal of the gift of salvation.

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