LUDOWICI, Ga. (WSAV) — A Fort Stewart soldier and his wife were found dead in their Ludowici home last week in an apparent murder-suicide.
According to the Long County Sheriff’s Office, Staff Sgt. Deveraux Cato, 34, was found dead along with his wife, Sashya Cato inside their home on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Investigators in Long County are still trying to figure out what set off a Fort Stewart soldier, allegedly causing him to kill his wife, and then take his own life.
At the center of this story are two little kids. Neighbors told WSAV that those children still don’t know what happened at their home last Wednesday.
In a rural Long County home last Wednesday, it was the two children who couldn’t get inside that caused neighbors to be concerned.
According to an incident report from the Long County Sheriff’s Office, deputies showed up and tried for at least 30 minutes to get someone to come to the door.
It was strange, according to what neighbors told police, that the two children were locked out, with both of their parent’s cars in the driveway.
It was shocking what deputies found inside. After going through a front window, the incident report said the deputies smelled gasoline and found a gas can in the kitchen. In the home, they found the bodies of Sashya Cato and her husband Deveraux.
While investigators believe Deveraux Cato killed his wife and then himself, WSAV is still waiting on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab to confirm how the two died.
Neighbors didn’t want to talk to WSAV about this. For them, this story is emotional, their focus now is on the two young children who have to live with what happened. Those neighbors did tell me that a crime scene in their neighborhood was shocking and that the Catos seemed like friendly people.
Sashya was a popular photographer and Deveraux was a Staff Sergeant at Fort Stewart. Tuesday his commanding officer told us in part: “Our deepest condolences to the families as they grieve in the wake of this shocking tragedy.”
Tuesday night, those two children are staying with a neighbor. WSAV was told that the biological father of one of the children has flown in to be here.