A disturbed man who butchered four relatives at their Queens home refused to be admitted to mental institutions despite his family’s desperate pleas that he get help, his shell-shocked kin said Monday.
An aunt of Courtney Gordon, 38 — who was fatally shot by police Sunday after he injured two officers responding to a 911 call about his stabbing spree — said she had kicked him out of her Bronx home in February due to his increasingly concerning behavior.
“It could have been me in the morgue,” Lillian Mckoy, a sister of Gordon’s mother, told The Post.
Gordon had been visiting relatives on his father’s side in Far Rockaway when he stabbed four of them to death early on Sunday — including an 11-year-old girl, 12-year-old boy and their parents — before he lit a couch on fire and attempted to slink away, police and family said.
He also injured another another relative in the bloodbath, Christine Gordon, 63, an aunt on his dad’s side, who was hospitalized in critical condition.
Mckoy, who allowed Gordon to live with her for several years, said the first red flags she noticed were that he changed the locks on the door to her house and asked her to remove her security cameras.
“If you’re gonna tell me I need to move my cameras, that tells me something,” she said. “I didn’t like the demeanor. The way he looked at me. The attitude. He was not the same person I knew when he came from Jamaica.”
She and her son, Sean Mckoy, 34, both described Gordon — a father of three who recently got divorced — as being someone quick to anger, who would not take no for an answer.
“It’s just every single time, something would trigger him to go mad. He would start yelling at everybody. He would be very loud,” Sean, who was the best man at Gordon’s wedding, told The Post.
“My mom had to get him out of here, he was yelling at my mom. Always asking why we had cameras. Seemed like he probably wanted to do something to us,” he said.
According to his aunt, his poor attitude and stubbornness were part of the reason why he struggled to keep a job and was in and out of homeless shelters.
“The whole issue with Courtney was that you could not correct him. And that was the issue with jobs. If someone tried to correct him, he would just walk off the job,” she said. “Whatever you say, he sees it differently.”
His attitude and unwillingness to take advice from those around him prevented him from receiving much-needed mental health care, his relatives noted.
“His sister, Nicole, called an institution and let them know that her brother has mental issues and he needed help. They did come. I witnessed that. He did not want to go,” his aunt said. “He said there was nothing wrong with him. They’re the ones that are crazy. But the family did reach out to get him help.”
The grief-stricken aunt, who worked in mental health care before she retired, said Gordon’s sister Nicole called her on Sunday and told her he had killed their aunt on the other side of the family.
“I know the family reached out for him to get help. And unfortunately, he took so many lives,” she added.
Police responded to the Far Rockaway home around 5:10 a.m. after the young girl called 911 and said her cousin “was killing her family members.”
Cops confronted Gordon as he attempted to leave the home — which he’d set on fire — with luggage in tow, but within about 10 seconds, he lunged at the officers with a knife, stabbing one in the neck and another in the head, police officials said Sunday.
One of the injured cops, a 28-year veteran, identified by sources as Edmond Decio, shot Gordon dead, cops said.
Both Decio and the other officer were hospitalized and released later Sunday.
After firefighters arrived and put out the blaze, officers discovered the 11-year-old girl with fatal stab wounds just outside the two-story home on Beach 22nd Street near Elk Drive.
Three other victims, including the 12-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman and a man in his 30s — believed to be Christine Gordon’s daughter, daughter’s husband and their kids — were found dead inside of the home, also stabbed to death, cops said.
Courtney Gordon was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead upon his arrival, police said.
Cops have not provided a motive for the horrific attack.
Police also have not released the identities of the victims, but said they all appeared to have been related.
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