Father, son found dead in Las Olas condo was murder-suicide, fundraiser set up for mother

A 4-year-old boy is found with his father inside a Las Olas condo, both dead, and now family is saying it was a murder-suicide.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The death of a 4-year-old boy and his father was a murder-suicide. And the mother of the boy found dead in a Fort Lauderdale condo along with his father had filed for an emergency order for law enforcement to pick up the child.

Fort Lauderdale police have not confirmed details only to say that they were called to the Las Olas by the River condominium complex along the 500 block of Southeast Fifth Avenue around 11:35 p.m. on Friday, May 21, where they discovered the bodies of John M. Stacey, 47, and his son, Greyson Martin Kessler died.

According to FLPD, the investigation is ongoing and they do not have any further information to release at this time.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the 4-year-old’s mother and details some of the tragic events that led up to the incident.

A fundraiser has been set up for the mother of Greyson Kessler who was killed in a murder-suicide. (Remembering Greyson GoFundme)

“The police, child protective services, and the criminal justice system failed Greyson and Ali, who filed multiple emergency orders to get Greyson safely away from the father, who had been sending threatening text messages and emails to Ali, and exhibited frightening behavior,” according to the page.

“While our family mourns, we need assistance with funeral costs, lawyer costs and fees, and general life expenses for Alison Kessler, his mother as she attempts to carry on daily tasks while living every parents’ worst nightmare. . . This fundraiser is to help Ali afford living expenses, and any other expenses that arise as result of this immense loss.”

About the Authors:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true-crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.

Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.