An unnamed 17-year-old in Reston, Virginia, has been charged with two counts of murder after allegedly murdering his girlfriend's parents, according to The New York Times. The teen is currently recovering from life-threatening injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The victims, Scott Fricker and his wife Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, were killed in their own home. The incident reportedly occurred after the Frickers encouraged their teenage daughter to break up with her boyfriend due to his white supremacist beliefs, according to The Washington Post. Kuhn-Fricker believed the teen was attempting to indoctrinate her daughter into Nazism, noting that she had begun casually parroting his rhetoric. A previous attempt at encouraging the end of the relationship resulted in Kuhn-Fricker's daughter refusing to eat.
“They kept a tight eye on her and they disapproved of all the time she was spending with him, hours on the phone,” Kuhn-Fricker’s mother, Janet Kuhn, told ABC.
“I’m in shock," she told The Washington Post. "I haven’t been able to cry yet.”
Kuhn-Fricker had reported the teen's behavior to his school, noting that she believed he operated a social media account that praised Hitler and called for book burnings and a "white revolution." She had described the teen as an “outspoken Neo-Nazi.”
“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,” Kuhn-Fricker wrote in an email obtained by the Post. “He made these choices. He is spreading hate.”
The family staged an intervention in which the daughter agreed to end things, but they later found the teen in her bedroom. He opened fire on his girlfriend's parents, killing them. He then shot himself in the head. He did not injure any of the other four family members in the home, who had gathered to celebrate Christmas.
The teen is currently being guarded by police and will be served charges when his condition improves. The teen's family has made no comment on the situation, and it is unclear if the boy has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. The situation remains under investigation.