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Victim's BF: Teen in murder-suicide was mentally ill

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HIGHLANDS RANCH - The boyfriend of a Highlands Ranch woman killed by her son told 9News that the teen suffered from schizophrenia.

Tatiana Klamo, 46, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Douglas County Coroner. Her 15-year-old son, Robert, died from a single self-inflicted gunshot.

Brian McCoy, Tatiana's boyfriend, says Robert didn't want to take his medication and Tatiana planned to hospitalize him the night she was killed.

"He was threatening violence. He was threatening to hurt her, and anyone who stopped him," McCoy said. "It got to a point where she realized she was going to have to hospitalize him again. And I think that's what triggered this."

He said Robert had been treated in the hospital for his mental illness several months ago, and was improving on medication.

"Really, when he was on his meds he was wonderful," McCoy said. " He was an absolutely brilliant, smart boy. He played several different instruments."

Ron Hanavan, a spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, says deputies and SWAT team members were called to the home near Northridge Park at about 8 p.m. Friday after a report of a shooting.

Authorities say the teenager barricaded himself inside the home, and officers found his and the Tatiana's body when they forced their way inside at about midnight.

McCoy says Tatiana's two daughters were in the home and escaped when they heard gunshots. One was uninjured, but the other, a 22-year-old, broke her back when she jumped out a window.

"She's in the hospital. She just got out of surgery," he said. "She's doing really good. I'm really proud how she's keeping herself together, because it must be really hard on them."

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