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Brandon Kapperman, apparent murder-suicide victim: I don't think I've ever felt so miserable

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Brandon Kapperman in a photo from his Facebook page. More images below.
Details remain sketchy regarding two deaths yesterday afternoon in Fort Collins. But preliminary information suggests that Gene Kapperman, 73, killed his grandson, 26-year-old Brandon Kapperman, before shooting himself to death.

No information about the subtext of this tragedy has surfaced at this writing. But Brandon's final Facebook post before his death, shared on July 5, reads, "I don't think I've ever felt like this, so empty and miserable. So incomplete. So.... blah."

See also: Cimmeron Johns double-murder/suicide: Details of abuse, SWAT team raid, tragedy

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Another photo from Brandon Kapperman's Facebook page.
A Rocky Mountain High School graduate, Brandon shared a great deal of information about himself on Facebook over the years, including a number of outdoorsy photos and a musing essay posted in 2009, when he turned 21, that talks about how he's a nice guy despite early troubles.

Other minor criminal incidents followed. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Brandon's record includes a 2012 misdemeanor theft case and multiple charges of providing false information to a pawnbroker. At the time of his death, the Coloradoan notes that he was on probation and had a court date on the docket for next month.

There are no allusions to such incidents on Facebook. Most of Brandon's posts earlier this year pertain to a girlfriend, but his most recent status is listed as single. The page notes that he moved to Fort Collins on July 2. Three days later, he revealed the melancholy comment included above. After that, silence.

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Another Facebook photo of Brandon Kapperman.
Then, yesterday, the Fort Collins Police Department responded to a home on the 6300 block of Thompson Drive -- the residence of Gene Kapperman and his wife. According to a news release, "the informant reported her husband shot a family member and then himself."

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The scene of the crime in an image from 7News coverage.
A subsequent update pointed out that both parties had been confirmed as deceased and "there is no risk to the community" -- a phrase frequently used in murder-suicide scenarios.

Gene did not have a criminal history, but he had access to weaponry. The Coloradoan quotes a neighbor who described them as into hunting and fishing, and the property included a shooting range.

Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of the Kappermans.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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47 comments
Whitney Iverson
Whitney Iverson

Well that was thoroughly depressing, thanks Westword.

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

Well, that's just the nature of journalism, and an established history of repeated charges for pawn fraud as well as theft provide a bit of backstory as to his character. It is very possible this was not a classic "murder suicide" as a result of that information.

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

I am very open and honest about all the bad stuff I did. This guy, apparently, was leading a secret life and even his best friends didn't know what he was doing.

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

as for the grandpa... maybe he was internalizing Brandon's unhappiness too much and decided to put Brandon and himself out of their mutual misery.. sad, isn't it?

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

Maybe it's westword's take that Brandon was posting how miserable he was... how blah... but yet, he was alive.... and now he is dead, and there is no more chances to be anything else... sometimes the musings of people who don't have any idea of what they want and make themselves miserable in the process need to wake up and realize that life is what a person makes of it...

Aaron Michael
Aaron Michael

Usually, when someone says "with all due respect", they are about to be very disrespectful.

Aaron Michael
Aaron Michael

When you die, Clint, the world is gonna read about all the bad stuff you did.

magicthemook
magicthemook

What the fuck westword?! Don't post these types of News stories, Brandon was a good guy, don't focus on death or his criminal past. This isnt anyones business really. Just remember him in a positive light, focus on the good things he brought the world . Let him live on in our hearts, not in a news story!

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

With all due respect, MULTIPLE counts of "providing false information to a pawnbroker" means he was a thief. Someone who stole other people's property many, many times, then cashed in at a pawn shop. Apparently he was also very well liked and had a lot of good qualities too, but he was still a thieving scumbag. Probably stole from his grandfather too. That's the way it usually goes . . . family first, then the neighbors, then your friends. Sorry.

Joel Bittner
Joel Bittner

Thanks man, Brandon was a good person for one, and two, he isn't here to defend himself. Westword you should be ashamed of putting this bullshit up for so many to see.

Gloria Leon
Gloria Leon

I'm truly sorry for the loss of someones son, grandson, family member or friend,my condolences and prayers go out to all of you. Losing a loved one is hard but I'll be praying that God comforts you all and gives you the peace and strength in your time of need. God bless Pastor Gloria...

Aaron Michael
Aaron Michael

Why is it my business what this poor kid's record is?! What a bullshit invasive story! You gonna comb through my stupid Facebook, if I die unnaturally too? Have some respect.

Joel Bittner
Joel Bittner

I loved Brandon and his funny ways about things. The way he would drive his jeep through town like it was a sports car, how he was so trusting of others. He so lived his life, loved family, and very often tried to talk me out of my Husker apparel to add to his collection. Still in shock and tears about an amazing life cut short, no matter how it happened.

Mandy Kelly
Mandy Kelly

Your welcome!! I do not know this family but that was based on my own assumption of what possibly could have happened. Everyone's so quick to judge, jump to conclusions and believe everything they read on the internet and making it out to what's it not! Blaming it on guns, depression or this person said that or they did this in the past or something similar. This is a perfect example of why our country is the way it is. It's best not to let them get to you I know it's hard but you can't fix stupid!! Sounds like you know the family personally, I'm sorry for your loss! Keep your head up!

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

This is not the message that should be spread about him. Not only is it not true, it has nothing to do with his death. Why would they even right something like this?? For ratings? It's just wrong!

Andrew Padbury
Andrew Padbury

Steer clear of any adult male who wears his hat backwards. Survival of the fittest here.

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

Brandon was an amazing guy!!! And this is a tragedy! It Has nothing to do with the false accusations in this article. They got their info WRONG!

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

Brandon was the victim, and his fb post from 2weeks ago had nothing to do with yesterday. It doesn't say ANYTHING about him having mental Heath issues.

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

Thank you!!! His post has nothing to do with what happened. I hate news reports like this.

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

Thank you. There are complete strangers on here saying it wouldn't have happened if there wasn't a gun in the house. Brandon's family were hunters, they knew guns and safety. Accident happen, and NOBODY (yet) knows what really happened. This news post knows NOTHING about the situation. And Brandon's last post was a few weeks ago. He really doesn't get on here that often. So why are people saying Brandon's last post was depressing, he was mentally unstable? When it was the grandfather who shot! Not Brandon. Ugh. People piss me off!

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

You're an idiot. This was a hunting family. They were very well educated on guns.. YOU don't know what the situation is... So why are YOU judging. You don't know Brandon, nor does the news. And it pisses me off that people have opinions about a friend of mine, when they don't know... What if it was an accident, and his grandpa felt so guilty, he shot himself too? You have no clue, so keep your mouth shut!!!!!!

Morgan Charboneau
Morgan Charboneau

I hate news stories like this... They got all their information from another news source, who also in turn knew nothing about him, his family, his situation, nothing.... They are reporting on a post of his from 3 weeks ago? There's much more to Brandon than what's being posted in the news. And it's pissing me off!!

Louis Ruhlin
Louis Ruhlin

It will be interesting to see what unfolds here. Sad...

Jolene Korrell
Jolene Korrell

Yes, because guns kill people. Just like spoons make people fat.

Mandy Kelly
Mandy Kelly

I don't think his FB post has anything to do with what happened!! No one questions the fact that maybe the shooting was accidental and the grandfather felt like crap so he shot himself???????? Sad story either way, may they both Rest In Peace!!!

Joel Bittner
Joel Bittner

Brandon was a good young man that did NOT have mental health issues. He was a good person that cared about others. We all have down days and maybe post something on Facebook, big deal. RIP Brandon.

James Lucero
James Lucero

Ya Clara Madrid I saw the part where the gun woke up, walked in and shot itself too.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

If there was no gun in the home these guys would still be alive and the incident would be chalked up to a normal family disagreement. Thanks to the guns, it is a homicide suicide. tragic. rip.

denverwind3
denverwind3

I feel real bad for the surviving family members. R.I.P. Brandon. I couldn't imagine being murdered by someone your related too

Bobbi Chappell
Bobbi Chappell

It didn't say he had any mental illnesses, he didn't even commit the crime, he was the victim though, and maybe he was just having a bad day, but this title is very misleading, at first I thought he committed the crime from how they worded it

Sharon Brisnehan
Sharon Brisnehan

He was murdered by his grandfather. I don't see why what he mentioned on fb is relevant to that.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Part of the problem is that diagnostics are difficult and there are often too few resources at hand to allow for proper assessments to be done.

Eric Gibss
Eric Gibss

Oh for sure, People aren't Diagnosed properly one bit, everyone is Bi polar so go take this and you'll be fine.. It's $ that's it. Hell I knew a girl who was on 7 diff medications for Bi Polar from her Dr. lol I could go on and on but what's the point, RIP young man

Matt Naylon
Matt Naylon

so easy to see a string handsome young man and think that he should have no problems, mental health system in usa is a joke, rip

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Guns don't kill people, gun freak scum WITH guns kill people.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

No, not everyone is Bi-Polar.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Thank God Obamacare has improved mental health care funding.

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