FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Family members of a Massachusetts man authorities say fatally shot his 6-year-old son before taking his own life say he was a loving father who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq in the 1990s.

Police say 49-year-old William Scaccia (SKAY’-shuh) Jr. shot 6-year-old Anthony Scaccia in a Foxborough home last Thursday before killing himself.

Laurie Tolliver, the boy’s mother, says William Scaccia was “not a monster,” but “one of the greatest guys you could ever meet.”

She says he was an Army veteran with a nursing degree.

Scaccia’s mother, Dianne Usevich, said her son’s PTSD “spiraled out of control” recently, but he was really “a wonderful guy.”

She says father and son will be buried together.

Tolliver says by speaking out she hopes others with PTSD will seek help.

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