Savannah Kriger Fired Bullets Through Her Wedding Dress Before Killing Son, 3, and Herself

Savannah Kriger, 32, of San Antonio, and her 3-year-old son, Kaiden, were found dead in a park on March 19

<p>Bexar County Sheriff

Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Savannah and Kaiden Kriger

Shortly before a Texas mother shot and killed her young son before dying by suicide, authorities said she fired bullets through multiple items in her home, including her wedding dress.

Savannah Kriger, a San Antonio resident, and her 3-year-old son, Kaiden, were found dead with gunshot wounds at a park on March 19 amid a custody battle, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a press conference on May 2.

But before the pair were found dead in what was later deemed a murder-suicide, the sheriff said Kriger, 32, left work around 12:49 p.m. on March 18 and went inside her ex-husband’s house while he was at work and damaged his personal belongings.

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After that, she went to her own home, where she fired shots through her wedding dress and two wedding portraits that she had laid out on a bed, according to the sheriff. Salazar noted that the bullet shell casings matched the shell casings of the bullets found at the crime scene.

According to the sheriff, a gun was found near the bodies, which were located in a drainage ditch in the park.

<p>Bexar County Sheriff's Office</p> Kaiden Kriger

Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Kaiden Kriger

Kriger later went to her son’s daycare, checked him out, and ​​sent a series of ominous messages to her ex-husband, one of those being a final text that read, “Say goodbye to your son,” according to Salazar. The sheriff said she also made a video viewed by investigators that alluded to her intentions.

On May 1, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office told PEOPLE that Kriger’s death was ruled a suicide and Kaiden’s was ruled a homicide. The cause of death for both was a gunshot to the head.

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<p>Bexar County Sheriff's Office</p> Savannah Kriger

Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Savannah Kriger

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The sheriff said at the press conference that he believes the mother and son had been dead for several hours prior to receiving a welfare call on March 18. Authorities subsequently issued an AMBER Alert for the missing pair.

According to Salazar, Kaiden was embroiled in a custody battle between his parents. The sheriff previously said the deaths occurred a day before Kriger had to go to court for a custody hearing about Kaiden, KSAT reported.

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