20-Year-Old Arrested For Fatally Stabbing Older Brother After Fight Over Wifi Speed

Officers had been called to their home “about eight to 10 times” over the years to break up the brothers' fights.

By Benjamin H. Smith

A family is shattered after a fight between two brothers over the speed of their Internet connection ended in murder.

CBS Boston reports 20-year-old Timothy Record of Leominster, Massachusetts was arraigned Wednesday for charges related to the stabbing death of his older brother, Nathan J. Record, 23.

Meanwhile, area police say this wasn’t the first time a dispute between the Record brothers turned violent.  

Police received a 911 call Tuesday night about a domestic disturbance between the brothers, who lived together with their mother and step-father in what The Worcester Telegram described as a “quiet neighborhood.” When they arrived at the home they found Nathan on the floor at the top of a staircase, bleeding from a stab wound in his chest. After trying to revive him with CPR, emergency responders rushed him to Leominster Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to court documents, witnesses told police Nathan and his younger brother, Tim, had been arguing about whose digital devices took up more of their home’s Internet bandwidth. The verbal disagreement became a physical altercation, with Nathan allegedly punching his younger brother repeatedly in the face and head. In a fit of rage, Tim then ran downstairs, where he retrieved a knife from the kitchen. He then confronted Nathan and stabbed him a single time in the chest.

In an interview with The Boston Herald, Leominster interim police Chief Michael Goldman said the Record brothers had a history of violent disputes. He estimated officers had been called to their home “about eight to 10 times” over the years to break up fights between Nathan and Tim. “The brothers fought,” said Goldman, “there is no question.”

Following the incident, Tim Record was brought to the Leominster police station where he waived his right to remain silent and gave police a full statement on what occurred. He was later arrested and charged with murder.

Family members could be heard sobbing when he was led into court Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty and is currently being held without bail.

Defense attorney Blake Rubin told the Boston Herald Tim Record is “upset” about what happened and his brother’s death. He said his client has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism, and said it “plays a part” in what happened.

Speaking about the impact it’s had on the Record family, Rubin said, “It’s a tragedy for everyone.”

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