OLDSMAR, FL (WFLA) – A man has been arrested for murder after deputies say he decapitated his mother at the family’s Oldsmar home on New Year’s Eve, all because of a chore he didn’t want to complete. The County Sheriff’s Office has charged 23-year-old Christian Jose Gomez of 1924 Sheffield Court in Oldsmar with first-degree murder.
Investigators responded to the home Wednesday at 7:24 p.m. where they found the decapitated body of the victim, who deputies say is Gomez’s mother, 48-year-old Maria Suarez-Cassagne. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Gomez hit his mother over the head with an axe, then cut her head off in the garage and dragged the body to the garbage outside the home.
The Sheriff says Gomez had been planning his mother’s murder for two days. According to investigators, Gomez was angry over his mother “nagging” to put boxes away in the attic. Gualtieri says Gomez admitted he put his mother’s head in a garbage can outside the home and then attempted to put her body in the garbage, as well, but it was too heavy. Cassagne’s body was found by her older son, Gomez’s 26-year-old brother, Mario Gomez.
The brother was home at the time of the crime, but thought the noises he heard was Gomez putting the boxes away.
“He went to the garage, he found an axe laying on the floor,” said Gualtieri. “He found a blood trail and he followed that outside to the side of the house and when he went outside, he found his mother laying there on the ground next to a trash can, and unfortunately his mother had been decapitated, so he immediately called the sheriff’s office.”
Gomez had left the home by the time deputies arrived, but was found riding his bike just several blocks away a short time later. A brief chase ensued and Gomez was taken into custody. Sheriff Gualtieri confirms Gomez was diagnosed with schizophrenia and prescribed medications, but it’s unclear if he was taking them. A relative told NBC News that she believes Gomez was “a good person” whose illness overwhelmed him.
“She was a really good mother,” the relative said of Cassagne. “And Christian was normal until like age 20 — I think when he was diagnosed. “It’s so confusing what happened,” she said. “It’s scary.”
“He was upset because his mother for the last couple of days had been trying to get him to put these boxes in the attic and because he was mad at her for telling her to put these boxes in the attic, he planned her murder for two days,” said the Sheriff. “In a very calm, cool way, he explained what he did, why he did it and what happened and by talking to him, you wouldn’t know he had any mental illness…that’s very scary.” Gomez also told deputies he was also angry at his mother because he felt she favored his brother more than him.
Gomez has prior arrests in Pinellas County for loitering and prowling, resisting officer without violence, and disorderly conduct. The investigation is ongoing.
The investigation is ongoing? If you ask me, it sounds like they’ve got this one wrapped up pretty tight. This dude, Christian (big-time “whoops” on naming him that) was getting sick and tired of his mom asking him to do chores. I’ve been there, brah. Fuck chores. Chores fucking suck. Everyone has had at least one time where your mom is nagging the shit out of you, and you do what any normal kid would do by fantasizing about dismembering her so you can go back to playing vids in some god damned peace and quiet. Plus, we have no idea what it was like up in that attic. There had to be some scary shit going on, otherwise this Maria chick would have put her own boxes up there. Not to mention, Christian has a documented history of being a paranoid schizophrenic, so you might want to kind of lay off on nagging him to the point where a coin flip in his brain determines whether you live or die. Sure, you want to ask “honey, would you mind putting these boxes up in the attic for mommy?” one time, go right ahead. But you start harping on it, and harping on it, and the next thing you know a forensics team is carrying your head out of the garage in a bowling ball bag. Obviously, hindsight being 20/20, she probably wishes she had just taken those fucking boxes up to the attic herself. Which brings us to our next question, and because no one really knows how heaven works, is she up there right now in two pieces? Like, does she have wings on her back, and then a separate set for her head? I’m sorry, but I just don’t have those answers for you. It’s definitely a sad story, but one thing we should all take from this is knowing your limits when it comes to pushing buttons with certain people. In fact, even thought it’s unlikely I will ever cross paths with Christian, considering only one of us is going to Death Row, I’m going to put him at the top of a list I’ve titled “People Who You Should Not Push Buttons With.”
Perhaps most ironic of all is that he was trying to get out of doing chores, and yet, by cutting off his mom’s head, spilling gallons of blood while trying to stuff a headless corpse into a Rubbermaid™ barrel, etc., he created the very chore-like work he was trying to avoid in the first place. This whole ordeal is a shame, and I don’t believe there were any winners here. I guess if you were keeping score at home based on who survived this thing in one piece, then Christian wins in a landslide.
p.s. Christian earns an Honorable Mention for “Worst Getaway of All Time” after he was apprehended just casually pedaling a bicycle around the neighborhood while covered in blood.