Fred Heilman exited his home that Sunday evening and shot himself. He was declared dead at the local hospital, Juneau Empire reported. The murder-suicide rocked Wasilla residents who knew both Fred Heilman and Michael Zagars well.
People who knew Michael Zagars say that he was a friendly neighbor with playful dogs. And although Fred Heilman was less friendly, those who knew him well say that he had a big heart.
After the neighborly bloodshed, local law enforcement officials were heavily criticized for not squashing the tension early on. The longstanding feud is well-documented in court records, which details the times police were called out to the scene after threats were reported.
It is believed that had the police taken the threats seriously, it could have saved two lives. Others praise the local police for doing everything they could.
As for Michael Zagar's two sons--Michael Zagars Jr., and Antone Zagars-- they have grown into handsome and fun-loving young men. They still reside in Wasilla, Alaska. Their mother died before the fatal dispute.
About Wasilla (via Matador Network)
"Wasilla, Alaska, rests in the belly of the Matanuska Valley, a place famous for giant produce (think 100+ lb cabbages) thanks to near 24-hour daylight during the peak growing season. It is on the way to Anchorage if you're arriving by road from Canada, and on the way to Denali National Park if arriving by plane in Anchorage. Half the year most of the buildings are covered in snow, the other half, mud. The real charm is the landscape this town was plopped down in: neighborhoods are still on dirt roads, forests are still rich in life, the streams are still clear, and the mountains are so close, rugged and blue you feel like you're standing in a postcard."