They were getting along fine

Neighbors say that 31-year-old Eric Schott and 24-year-old Becky Gehring were talkative and enjoyed walking their dogs in the neighborhood where they lived. Becky Gehring was a nurse’s aide and Eric Schott was a truck mechanic. Neighbors also mentioned the one thing that stands out when you see the couple’s picture. Eric Schott was very tall, and Becky Gehring was very short.

Friends and family say they enjoyed hanging out with Becky Gehring’s father Kenneth Gehring, 54. They were with him at his favorite bar on Fri. night. It has been said they appeared to be having a good time that night playing pool and seemed to be getting along fine.

Saturday night, Kenneth Gehring was supposed to work at the bar, but he didn’t show up. Neighbors noticed papers piling up on the couple’s doorstep. Then on Monday, Kenneth Gehring didn’t show up for a pool league. Neither Eric Schott or Becky Gehring showed up for work. A relative who lived with Kenneth Gehring said that he hadn’t been home since Friday.

On Monday the owner of the bar contacted Kenneth Gehring’s son and he went to the couple’s home to check on them. There he found their bodies in the living room.

Police say a gun was also found in the living room. Police are still waiting for the coroner’s report. But at this point, they believe it was a double murder-suicide. They believe that Schott killed Becky Gehring and her father Kenneth Gehring then turned the gun on himself.   



  1. Guin said,

    October 1, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    I dont believe it and never will. I knew Eric Schott since we were both 14. By the way, he was 32 years old and he was one of the greatest people that anyone could have ever known. He never said anything bad about anyone and always had a smile for you.

  2. Amy said,

    October 13, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    Guin: You’re right. He couldn’t hurt anyone.

  3. Jenny said,

    January 12, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Eric would never harm anyone. He has been one of my dearest friends for 18+ years and no amount of alcohol would make him do the things they say he did. I do however believe that the police did not investigate this crime scene at all. There was no fingerprint dust at the house. The door was unlocked so how can they say there was no forced entry? I think they went in and saw whatever they saw and made assumptions, lots of them! They did not bother to do a proper investigation because none of the people involved were rich or famous. Its a sad situation but there is no way I will ever believe Eric did this. Simply because he was not capable.

  4. Pat Schott said,

    February 10, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Jenny is absolutely right. No way did this crime occur the way the police ruled. Their investigation was fast, one-sided–they never spoke to any of his family or friends–and, in my opinion, they were only looking to prove he did it because it was the easiest solution. There were many other possibilities, but they were never explored. Anyone who knew Eric would say the same. It is impossible that this crime happened the way the police say.

  5. Angie said,

    August 1, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Eric was and is the greatest person I have ever known. If or why he did it we will never know. We all are shocked, Why…didn’t we know anything was wrong, Why…didn’t he talk to us, Why didn’t we notice, Why so extreme. Why………a million things. I wish we knew. One thing I do know, I miss him very much! I miss him more every day. I’m angry too. I didn’t like the way the media and her family make him out to be a monster. Like he abused her regularly and she was a victim long before she died. Becky was happy with Eric she too loved him very much and he didn’t abuse her he saved her from years of abuse. Yes it is a shame it ended the way it did. What did happen to push Eric over the edge. I don’t like this blame game, I think they were all victims. Maybe they weren’t all murdered, but Eric was definately hurting if he killed the one he loved.

  6. August 2, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Why usually begins the big questions that cannot be answered. Because the only persons that might be able to answer it are dead. One that I may be able to answer is about the family. I don’t like to speak for them, but I can see where they are coming from. Someone killed their loved ones. Do they not have the right to be angry at the person who did it? He might have been the greatest person in the world, but he caused one of the greatest tragedies this family has probably ever known. He may have been in pain or had some reason that made some sense to him, but he took someone else’s loved ones with him. While dealing with their grief, would they not see the person who caused it as a monster?

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