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A Nevada, MO family receives answers after being hit with a tragedy for the second time

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A Nevada, MO family receives more details after being hit with a tragedy for the second time.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office has released the names of last week's double murder-suicide victims.

The 911 call came in around 3 p.m. on Friday, almost 24 hours after the time the sheriff's office estimates the crime occurred.

Authorities believe 52-year-old Charles Besaw killed his 54-year-old brother Harold Besaw and his 77-year-old mother Fay Besaw before taking his own life.

Harold was visiting the residence where Fay and Charles lived south of Quail Road, a few miles outside Nevada.

Sheriff Jason Mosher says the crime stemmed from a family conflict.

"Nobody will ever know the exact circumstances or the real reason behind why somebody would do something like that," Mosher said.  "We don't know the moments that took place right before. We just know what the evidence tells us and what the facts are."

Sheriff Mosher says the crime was committed with a semi-automatic handgun that belonged to Charles.

Family members say they are glad the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad was called in to assist in the investigation.

"He took one look and said we need more help," said Jean Besaw, family member.  "He was willing to make that call.  They've been very kind to us and very thorough in all of this, so as bad as all of this hurts, we're not walking a way with a really horrible taste in our mouths from it and we have closure."

Unfortunately, the Besaw family does not have closure with a previous tragedy in their family.

Fay's grandson, James Besaw, was killed May 12, 2012 in what is believed to be a deliberate hit and run, while he was running on a rural Nevada road. 

"The person high centered him, so they centered him up and they hit him," Besaw said.  "I'm told it was in an excess of 85 miles per hour."

Because the truck in the incident was never found, James' mother says the case is still open and unsolved.

"I don't want him to be forgotten," Besaw said. "I don't think his grandmother would have wanted him to be forgotten. She got up and spoke at his memorial service and was just outraged that the person hadn't been caught. I think that would be one of her final wishes, that the person be caught and brought to justice."

Besaw says James and his grandmother, Fay, shared a close bond.

"They just have delightful memories and it's just very sad that it all ended this way," she said.  "For those of us having to live with the tragedy, we're struggling on with it.  They did have a very close bond and I know that they're together now, so I have that hope and I have that peace."

Sheriff Mosher confirmed that the 2012 case is still open, but says there is no connection between the two crimes.

Now that the family has answers in the murder-suicide case, they are encouraging anyone with any information regarding James Besaw's death to come forward.
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