LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - Nancy Mattiace says it had been about a year she'd spoken to her father but he reached out by email yesterday afternoon.
She tried calling him back, he never answered.
"I feel very heartbroken inside that I could not get in contact with him."
This morning she woke up to the news of SWAT surrounding a home and two bodies discovered inside in an upscale La Jolla neighborhood on Avenida Fiesta.
A man called San Diego Police to report that his friend's mother had just been killed by her husband.
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Parvaneh Jilavi, 60, was found dead on the couch, her husband 80-year-old John Mattiace was also dead from a gunshot wound, the gun was found laying next to his body. Investigators say the same weapon was used to kill them both.
"It's horrifying for me to think about," said Mattiace's granddaughter, Nancy who shares the same as her mother.
The mother and daughter are in disbelief and pointing to that email that they now believe was a suicide note.
She says nothing in the letter signaled he was threatening or about to become violent but her father, a decorated Vietnam veteran, had long been suffering from PTSD.
"Thought that maybe he was having some emotional difficulty and didn't want to talk about it that's kinda how he was," she said.
There's a part of me that's very angry with him because we could have helped him, we loved him. We love him still and also shocked that he would do something like that," said his granddaughter.