Michigan radio journalist Jim Matthews has been killed in a suspected murder-suicide at his home that left his girlfriend and two children, as well as the suspect, hospitalized.
The tragic death of the 57-year-old, who worked as a news anchor for Detroit AM station WWJ Newsradio 950, was reported by his colleagues on the air on September 23, shortly after the attack.
“We’re updating our top story this afternoon and it’s one that hits us here at WWJ and is very difficult to report,” his colleagues said in their report. “Our news anchor Jim Matthews was killed this afternoon in Chesterfield Township. As you have heard, Jim’s girlfriend and two children are currently hospitalized.”
Director of Public Safety Brian Bassett said a 911 call came in around noon that day about a 35-year-old woman who had fled a home with stab wounds, with her 5-year-old daughter, who was also injured, WWJ reported. First responders treated them and officers entered the home, where they found Matthew dead and the woman’s 10-year-old son tied up in a closet suffering from blunt force trauma. The boy was hospitalized and remains in critical condition, Bassett said.