A 17-year-old Virginia boy arrested on charges that he shot and killed his girlfriend’s parents on Friday also mowed a giant swastika on a public field, friends and neighbors of the murdered couple said.
Scott Fricker, 48, and his wife Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, forbade their 16-year-old daughter to continue dating her boyfriend after they discovered a neo-Nazi Twitter account they believed belonged to the teen, The Washington Post reported.
Just a week later, the teen, who was not named by police, was arrested on charges that he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend’s parents while they were gathered in their home for the holidays, after he had snuck into their house and into their daughter’s room.
The teen then allegedly turned the gun on himself, but he survived. He is now in critical condition at a hospital and charged with two counts of murder, according to The Washington Post.
Neighbors said that just months before, the teen had mowed a 40-foot swastika on a community field, with mower tracks leading back to his house. Neighbors decided to talk to the teen’s family instead of going to the police, the Washington Post reported.
Some of them now regret this decision, the Post said.
“We live in a very safe neighborhood where kids can ride their bikes and not worry about anything,” said neighbor Penny Potter. “For the first time, I was fearful that there was someone living in our neighborhood who was capable of incredibly irrational behavior.”
“If you see something that makes you say ‘Huh,’ just call police,” Potter said. “They can tell you if it’s appropriate.”
Potter said that the teen’s family admitted that the boy had been the one to mow the swastika and that he was being treated for behavioral issues.
The teen’s racist behavior apparently persisted after neighbors confronted the boy’s family, worrying his girlfriend’s family, according to their account.
Shortly before the shootings, Kuhn-Fricker had sent a message to the principal of the school her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend had attended. She attached tweets that the 17-year-old boy had allegedly sent, including retweets of messages praising Hitler, calling for “white revolution,” and making anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic remarks.
“I would feel a little bad reporting him if his online access was to basically be a normal teen, but he is a monster, and I have no pity for people like that,” wrote Kuhn-Fricker in the email, according to the Post. “He made these choices. He is spreading hate.”
Kuhn-Fricker believed that her daughter was being seduced into the neo-Nazi movement and had begun spouting neo-Nazi ideas, including telling her mother that Jewish people were “partly to blame for WWII.” When Kuhn-Fricker asked her daughter to stop seeing the boyfriend, she refused to eat, Kuhn-Fricker wrote in the email to the principal. But recently, the daughter had agreed to break up with her boyfriend.
Fairfax County police have not confirmed the family’s account of the shooting and would not say how the boy obtained his gun, according to the Post.
“We aren’t releasing anything further at this point as he is a minor,” said Julie Parker, a police spokeswoman.