Family struggles with report painting son as killer

PERKINS TWP. More than four months after receiving the devastating news, the Barnetts continue to po
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

More than four months after receiving the devastating news, the Barnetts continue to pore over documents pertaining to their son's untimely death.

Reviewing police findings, Larry Barnett Sr. and his wife of 30 years, Diane, are still trying to understand how their son could be labeled a murderer.

"Once the reports came back we had more questions than we had before," Larry Barnett Sr. said.

On the evening of July 27, a Sandusky police officer responded to an unrelated call at Lions Park, only to witness a shooting minutes later. Looking toward Sandusky Bay while investigating what sounded like a firecracker, the officer said he saw a man shoot a woman, then himself.

Police ruled the incident a murder-suicide, concluding Larry Barnett Jr., 25, shot and killed 24-year-old Rachelle Baskey, and then turned the gun on himself.

"When we were first told, it was a shock, it was unreal," Diane Barnett said. "I'm not really convinced that it was a murder-suicide... that my son actually pulled the trigger on this gun."

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