The family of a man murdered last week provided some new insight into the lives of the new couple, torn apart by what police believe was a jealous ex.
Seth Richardson had just moved to Texas last week to be with his new girlfriend, Amanda Simpson. He didn’t know that Simpson’s ex-husband would barge in hours later and kill Richardson along with his own 3 children.
FOX 4 met with Seth Richardson's mother at North Dallas Funeral Home before she continued on to Ponder to visit the memorial neighbors have created for Richardson and the three children. She says this is quite obviously domestic violence and her son just got swept up in it.
“It's just, it's like something you see in a movie, or something. Or you watch TV and this happens to someone else,” she said Angie Richardson.
Her 29-year-old son had moved from South Carolina two hours before he was killed in the Thursday morning murder-suicide. Police say Justin Painter shot and killed his children Caydence, Drake and Odin, attempted to kill his ex-wife Amanda Simpson, killed Richardson and then turned the gun on himself.
“I don't know that there's anything he could've done differently to avoid what happened,” said Richardson’s mother.
She says her son met both Simpson and Painter almost a decade ago through video games. But it was this December that Richardson and Simpson reconnected and bonded over shared experiences, both were going through divorces and both had children. Richardson has a daughter. Their relationship became romantic, celebrating St. Patrick's Day recently as their divorces were finalized, and as of last week, Richardson told his mother he was ready to make the move.
“When he left, he was so full of life,” she said.
Looking back, she says there was a sense of urgency in his leaving.
“He seemed very disturbed to me,” said Richardson. “He left really quick and I really couldn't get a whole lot out of him. He told me he said he was going to start his new life and he wasn't going to wait. He was going then.”
The medical examiner reports the children were found in the living room. Richardson and Painter were in the bedroom. Angie Richardson says she has not spoken to Simpson.
A service was held Sunday night in Ponder for the family. Amanda Simpson says she is overwhelmed by the community's support.