BREWSTER COUNTY -- Alpine Police report that Robert Nin, suspect to the murder of Michael Alan Pate, has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday.
CBS7 spoke to the mother of Michael Pate in an exclusive interview as she deals with the loss of her son in a horrific incident she can’t explain.
“He didn’t deserve this, he didn’t deserve this,” Michael Pate’s mother Cheryl said. “Not like this. Not this way.”
Cheryl is still grappling with what happened to her son Michael, trying to understand why anyone would have reason to kill him.
Alpine police report Michael, his son Mason and his suspected killer Robert Nin were at a mutual friend’s house on South Crockell street Saturday morning.
It was there Michael and Nin got into an argument, which turned deadly.
“The two got into a fight and Michael Pate was uh shot multiple times,” Alpine Police Assistant Chief Darrell Losoya said.
Cheryl said she has no idea why Nin and Michael had a confrontation since she said the two hardly knew each other.
She said Nin was a friend of her oldest daughter who introduced him to Michael, but the two had only spoken a few times.
“I don’t understand,” she said. “No, that’s what I don’t get.”
Now Cheryl will never know why her son was taken from her.
One day after the murder, Nin was found dead in the backyard of the murder scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head.
“Cause I’m never going to get answers on why he killed my son,” she said. “I don’t understand. I don’t get it.”
While police continue to investigate this tragedy that left two dead, Cheryl is focusing on what will happen to Michael’s six-year-old son Mason whose last parent was taken away right in front of him.
“His son doesn’t deserve this,” Cheryl said. “His son already doesn’t have one mother, one parent. Now he doesn’t have two.”
As she continues to grieve her late son, Cheryl can now only hold on to relics Michael left behind, like a beanie or gifted bracelet, and reflect on fond memories of her son’s kind soul that never failed to make her proud.
“He was a great kid,” Cheryl said. “He would help anybody he could.”