Police: Death of man, son is an apparent murder-suicide

Suspicious death investigation ongoing, police say

ST. CLOUD, Fla. - An investigation by St. Cloud police has found the death of a St. Cloud father and son on Monday is an apparent murder-suicide.

According to St. Cloud police, police responded to the home on 15th Street and Delaware Avenue just after 9 a.m. on Monday. When authorities arrived, they discovered two bodies, later identified as father Vincent La Verne Vaughan, 51, and son Tyler Ryan Vaughan, 20.

After the police investigation, it was determined both Vincent and Tyler were fatally injured by a handgun. The new release states Vincent Vaughan as the victim and Tyler Vaughan as the suspect. No other investigation details were released.

Osceola County School District officials said they called authorities to report Vincent Vaughan didn't show up to work on Monday.

Neighbors think whatever happened in the home, happened early Sunday morning, because police told them there were broken items all over the house.

"My father-in-law said he had gotten up at about 3:30, 4 o'clock yesterday morning and said that he was woken up by a bunch of loud noises and could have sworn he heard something that sounded like a gunshot, that he literally jumped out of bed," said Amy Bonnell-O'Neill, whose house sits behind the Vaughan home.

Neighbors said father and son often fought, but were never violent.

"I could see it sometimes outside, them yelling at each other," said Jenny Bator, who lives across the street. "This is a surprise. I wouldn't  think they'd have gone this far. I never would believe it."

Police said they are continuing to investigate the deaths, and said they've never been called to the house before.

Vincent Vaughan was a head custodian at Michigan Elementary school and was employed by the district for 15 years, officials said. A district spokesperson described Vincent Vaughan as a good worker and said that he will be missed.

Friends of Tyler Vaughan said he played football for St. Cloud High School and graduated in 2010.

"He was such a good guy, he's happy-go-lucky," said teammate Daniel Brown. "If someone walks into the door that he doesn't know he's going to go up to them hug them and say 'What's up I'm Tyler Vaughan.' He's just an all-around good guy."

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