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Connor's Father Stunned By Reston Tragedy

"I don't think we are ever going to find out what happened," says Richard Rector, the father of slain Reston woman's husband.

Timothy Connor's life ended Tuesday when he drove into his parents Texas driveway, told his mother he loved her and said the Lord's Prayer.

Then he shot himself.

He later died at a nearby hospital.

His father, Richard Rector, is still trying to piece together the preceding 48 hours. What is known: that Jennifer Pearson, Connor's pregnant wife of less than a year, was dead and their Reston apartment had been set on fire. And before police could question Connor, he would be dead too.

"Jennifer did not deserve this," said Rector, whose son changed his name to Connor several years ago.

"I don't condone what my son did," he said. "I pray for Jennifer. My wife does too. I don't think we are ever going to find out what happened."

Police have not said that Connor is a suspect in the death of Pearson, who they say suffered trauma to the upper body before her apartment was set on fire.

After Connors' suicide on Tuesday police said they are not looking for any other suspects.

Police discovered Pearson's body early Monday morning, when they were called to the couple's apartment at 12002 Waterside View Dr. after a neighbor smelled smoke. They broke down the door to the second-floor apartment, where they found a fire in the apartment and Pearson's dead body.

By Rector's account, all was well with Tim and Jennifer, who was called Jenny by friends and family. They were expecting a baby boy this summer. Pearson's family said they planned to name the baby Aiden. Rector said his son was thrilled when he recently felt the baby kick.

He said he last talked to his son last Friday, the day after Valentine's Day.

"They went out and they had a great time," Rector said from his home in Banderas, Texas.

Rector said the couple - along with Connor's 6-year-old daughter from a previous marriage - had all visited Texas over July 4.

"We had a wonderful time." he said of the first time he met his new daughter-in-law. "He was absolutely in love with this woman. I am trying to understand what happened. He had no violent tendency. He had no temper. He just adored [Jennifer]." 

Rector said there was no evidence his son was unbalanced or had signs of mental illness. He worked as a photographer for Lifetouch Studios, which takes class photos and portraits at schools.

Connor grew up in Glen Burnie and graduated from Glen Burnie High School, his father said. He had a brother and a sister, though his sister died more than 20 years ago.

Connor was facing assault and abuse charges in Maryland that stemmed from issues he was having with his daughter's mother, Rector said.

"There was no abuse," said Rector. "His lawyer said 'Tim has such a good case' against this. It was supposed to go to trial May 1. I know this was upsetting him."

Connor did not currently drink, as both he and Pearson stopped when she found out she was expecting, said Rector. He did take medication for Multiple Sclerosis, which was diagnosed about two years ago, Rector said.

So it was puzzling to get a call Monday morning from Fairfax County Police detectives, Rector said. When authorities explained Jennifer's death and the fire in Reston, the Rectors predicted Connor was on his way to Texas.

Apparently, Connor drove straight through, staying up for 24 hours. He pulled into the driveway followed by local police who had been alerted by Fairfax County Police.

"I think he wanted to come home to the people who loved him," said Rector. "I am pretty sure he felt he had no way out."

More:

Pearson Family: Jen was Quick With a Smile  

Police: Dead Reston Woman's Husband Commits Suicide

Dead Reston Woman Was Pregnant

Police: Dead Woman Found at Reston Fire

Neighbor: 'Scary' Morning on Waterside View

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Jeff Pearl February 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Amazing how people deceive themselves into thinking they know someone, when in reality, they don't know them at all.
John Thomas February 22, 2013 at 05:00 PM
It seems that Tim's father didn't know his son all that well. As someone who knew Tim over the past few years, "unstable" and "unbalanced" were his primary characteristics. That he lost control is not a surprise, that he turned his rage on the person he was to love, protect, and care for is.
Karen Goff February 22, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Sarah - I am sorry for your loss. Just to be clear, Tim's father is not saying he did not kill Jen. He realizes this and he says he is heartbroken by that. The rest is his perspective about his son. I appreciate that you and other friends of Jen's are chiming in with details like the ones who have provided to add balance and perspective.
jen February 22, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Richard Rector is sadly mistaken. His son was a monster and showed monster-like characteristics for an extended period of time. All was not well with Tim and Jen, as he thinks and abuse did happen. I'm not sure if these statements are put out there by Tim's father to help settle his own mind about who his son was, or to defend his son to the public, BUT this man was not as loving as they thought in Texas. He was very much unbalanced and I can guarantee he suffered from some sort of undiagnosed mental illness. His mind was not in the right place. Rest in peace Jen & Aiden, burn in hell Tim.
Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 04:21 AM
If he was so unstable and unbalanced, and abusing someone you considered a friend, why did you not step in to help?
jen February 23, 2013 at 01:18 PM
We tried.
RestonKt February 23, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I pray for Jen & Aidan. That said, her closest friends & family call him "unbalanced" and a "stranger husband". The marriage was less than a year, there was no joyous family wedding, the guy had pending abuse & sexual abuse charges, he has at least one known prior marriage, has a six year old that the courts are keeping from him, gave up his known family name to hide as a new guy... Really? His first wife's name is Bonnie Natchet (now married to Adam in Air Force). It took me one day to learn about this insane stranger. Wouldn't friends and loved ones learn more and for God's sake get their friend, sister, loved one out of harms way? nd for God's sale get their
Friend of Jenn February 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Yes it was terrible what happened to Jenn and her unborn child. I just don't understand why people are attacking the father of the guy that did this terrible crime? It's not the father's fault for what his son did. We have to remember this guy just lost his son and no matter bad his son was, it was his son. A parent will love their child no matter what their child did and even if they don't agree with what they did. Please let this guy's family grieve over the death their son.
Mike M February 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I'll make an unpopular point. To some extent, I believe women who choose "monster" partners have a little responsibility in taking better care of themselves. You have to ask yourself HOW did she wind up ith this critter. Maybe she should have asked herself that. Or all women to be regarded as helpless whelps to be rescued by outsiders? How many women get a free ride for lighting their bed on fire then lying down in it? Well, I guess it cost her dearly. It's a sad story. Blame the monster. But teach your daughters well.
Mark February 27, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Let's review some facts. The guy has a history of violence against women. He abuses his wife, then ends up killing both her and their (well, her) unborn child. Then to cover his tracks he tries to burn down the homes of all his neighbors, then runs away to his momma. Dad, please publish your child rearing secrets so that we can all know what NOT to do?
jen February 28, 2013 at 04:17 PM
We are not attacking, but rather, setting the record straight. Maybe his father should grieve the loss of his son, rather than publicly release statements in defense of his son, whom he clearly didn't know very well!
Gary Ryan March 01, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Labeling Richard as "the father of slain Reston woman's husband." makes Tim sound like a victim as well. Might have been better to call him "father of murdering, recidivist, psychopath, abusive, wife and baby-killing arsonist" or something.
Mike M March 01, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Spolied brat all grown up?
Anon March 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
alright... lets talk to somebody who actually KNEW Tim. Tim was a very loving, very accepting soul. yes. he made some mistakes. but no, he wasn't capable of murder. he loved his wife. and was looking forward to his child. he may have been a little unbalanced, but tim did not murder his wife and child. there is no proof. just because he went home to his family doesn't mean he killed them. he was grief stricken and needed to be with someone. he was no monster. he was a very caring man.
John Doval April 14, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Thanks Anon I knew Tim also and you are so right Tim was a good friend and loving father. What did Jennifer do or say that her life ended? Then in the end Tim is gone to. WHY?
Jen's Friend May 06, 2013 at 07:08 PM
John and Anon for your knowledge, he was known for pulling a gun on a friend and he also shot a brand new company vehicle (he covered the bullet hole with a sticker according to Jen) he used at the photography company he worked at before he was forced to quit because of the molestation charges he was facing. He had a horrible drinking problem (vodka his weapon of choice) that lead to his disgusting violent behavior. There is no doubt at all that Tim Connor murdered Jennifer Pearson. Jennifer Pearson for whatever reason loved that POS and wanted her relationship to work dispite the numerous warnings from friends. She told me that when the POS was sober he was a "pussy cat" but when he drank he became "scary", "loud" and "violent". Jennifer struggled trying to understand why the POS acted so strange to friends at parties and so normal to her in private. She was baffled by his behavior. Before the POS took her life she told me he kept asking her if she would wait 10+ years for him should he be convicted and thrown in jail? Her answer was "no" but I told her to try and avoid answering the question, that he didn't need to know. Jennifer did not believe that the POS molested his daughter but believed that it was his ex-girlfriend angry at the POS for leaving her, that she was trying to distroy that POS's life with Jen. She knew about his love for guns but never believed he would actually turn his gun on her and neither did I.

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