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Father and son dead, one arrested in Bedford

Police respond to bloody scene
Posted at 5:30 PM, Aug 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-29 07:05:13-04

BEDFORD, Ohio — A father and a son are dead, and one man has been arrested after police were called to a Bedford residence on Saturday morning.

Bedford police responded around 8:50 a.m. to a Magnolia Avenue residence for a report that a male was bleeding from the head, police said in a news release.

Christopher L. Pate Sr., 47-years-old, and son Christopher L. Pate Jr., 19-years old, were found on the floor "bleeding profusely," according to police and confirmed by the family. Family told News 5 that both men were stabbed.

Christopher Pate Sr. (left) with Christopher Pate Jr. (right). "Them two stayed together," Renella Pate explained. "If you saw one, you saw the other."

Pate Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

Pate Sr. was transported to Marymount Hospital and then life-flighted to Metro where he later died from his injuries.

Family described Christopher Pate Jr. as the life of the party with his dance moves and rap skills while his father Christopher Pate Sr. was the DJ for the family.

"He was a very proud father, a loving father, an excellent person period," sister Tonya Griffith-Murphy-Bullard added.

Police say a suspect was arrested shortly after and transported to Solon Jail.

The suspect is a "close family friend", according to the family.

"I just don’t understand and I want some answers," Renella Pate, mother and grandmother of the victims, told News 5. "I’m just hurting in my heart right now."

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