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EXCLUSIVE: Friend believes nervous breakdown triggered attack on mom, wife by Penfield man

November 08, 2018 08:15 AM

A longtime friend and coworker of Arnold Ford Jr., referred to as Andy, tells News10NBC he believes the attack was triggered by a nervous breakdown. 

"I was good friends with Andy and really liked him as a person," said the anonymous friend. "He was warm, sensitive, smart, funny."

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In an exclusive interview, the man opened up to News10NBC as long as we shielded his identity. 

The man worked at Getinge, a medical technology company where Ford Jr. was employed. The friend says, in the early 90's, Ford Jr. was out of work for more than a month following a nervous breakdown brought on by stress.

While Ford Jr. returned to work, the friend didn't think he ever fully recovered. 

"I enjoyed being around him but I always had this thing in the back of my mind that said, 'don't let your guard down,'" said the friend. "I thought, 'what if he flips out again and it's at work or he decides to come into work and take it out on someone?' I said to people, 'you know, I'm worried he's gonna come back into work and shoot us up.'" 

"He was ready to explode. I could see it on his face," the friend said about Ford Jr. years after the breakdown.

Last week, police say Ford Jr. bludgeoned his wife Wendy Ford to death with a hammer at their Penfield home and then attempted to bludgeon his own mother to death with the same weapon. His mother, Florence Ford, survived and was taken to the hospital. 

After, Ford Jr. took his own life with a gun at the Pennsylvania border. 

The friend says while most judge people involved in these kinds of crimes, he says Andy 'deserves better' because what happened to the Penfield man 'wasn't his fault.' 

"I just wish I could put my arms around him and give him a hug and tell him that everything's gonna be ok," said the friend. 

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Beth Cefalu

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