Pennsylvania: Woman posts suicide note on Facebook before killing herself and 1-year-old son

Autopsies on Shermeyer and her son were scheduled for Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Pennsylvania: Woman posts suicide note on Facebook before killing herself and 1-year-old son

A 40-year-old woman posted a lengthy suicide note on Facebook and within a few hours killed herself and her 1-year-old son in Pennsylvania.

According to the York Dispatch report on Thursday, Sheri Shermeyer was found dead in bed from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and son, John who was apparently suffocated.

Reportedly, hours after Shermeyer published the post late Monday morning, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to her home in Shrewsbury Township around 1 p.m. to conduct a welfare check.  However, the troopers found Shermeyer dead along with her son.


The chilling Facebook post of December 26, which appears to be directed at her child’s father, details the love she feels for her son as well as the challenges she’s faced “as a single parent in a 2 parent home.”

She wrote, “I have been slowly dying inside… I feel that the ONLY thing I have to live for is this little guy asleep in my arms right now, John. He is the only reason why I haven’t blown my head off right now.”
“And even now all I can think about is leaving this world. Putting a gun in my mouth and leaving. Which is what is about to happen,” she added.

Apparently addressing to her husband, Shermeyer wrote in her post, “You will never see your son again. You don’t deserve to have a son, a legacy. Why should you have your name carried on? You are a nasty man.” Police was investigating the death of Shermeyer as a case of suicide and her toddler’s as a homicide.


Shermeyer, who married Tracy Alan Shermeyer in October 2014, appears to indirectly address her partner in the message. Shermeyer ended her Facebook missive by blasting her son’s father as a “stumbling drunk” and “an a--hole who deserves to be alone.”

“Oh before I get forget. Make sure you take mine and John’s life insurance and pay off my debts,” she wrote. “Enjoy your miserable life. Thanks for saying good bye when you left this morning.”

Autopsies on Shermeyer and her son were scheduled for Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.