Dying Too Young: Jourdain Thorson

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009
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Name: Jourdain Thorson

Age: 9

Place of residence: Tinker Air Force Base

Died: Feb. 25, 2008

What happened: A recently divorced Air Force technical sergeant fatally shot his son, Dylan, 4, then his daughter, Jourdain, after a fight with their mother inside their base home during a custody exchange. Dustin Thorson, 35, then killed himself.

The mother, Michelle Thorson, said she heard shots after fleeing the home for help. She said Dustin Thorson had attacked her with a stun gun. They had divorced Feb. 14, 2008, but agreed to leave the children in the base home and rotate staying with them.

Other: Dustin Thorson was diagnosed in 2007 as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from Iraq as a war hero.

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