RESTON, Va. – In this case, the parents were right. But sadly, they are now dead. Family members say a Virginia couple tried to get their teenage daughter to end a relationship with a boyfriend whom the parents believed espoused neo-Nazi views.
Yet now that boyfriend, 17, has been charged with killing the parents.
Police say the teen fatally shot Scott Fricker, 48, and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, of Reston, after they caught the teen in their 16-year-old daughter’s bedroom around 5 a.m. Friday and tried to get him to leave, the Chicago Tribune reported.
After reportedly shooting the parents, the boy, of Lorton, Va., shot himself in the head, but has survived, police said. He remains unidentified because of his age.
(H)e is a monster, and I have no pity for people like that. … He is spreading hate.
– Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, in email to a school principal regarding her daughter’s boyfriend.
On Dec. 17, Kuhn-Fricker sent an email to the principal of the Fairfax County, Va., private school that the daughter and her boyfriend attended, alerting the principal about her concern regarding the boy’s beliefs.
In the email, the Tribune reported, she attached images of the boy’s social media account in which he had retweeted messages praising Hitler, supporting Nazi book burnings, calling for “white revolution,” and making derogatory comments about Jews.
The dead in a triple shooting in Reston identified as the home owners: wife and husband: Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43 and Scott Fricker, 48. Another person shot is in critical condition. @fairfaxpolice @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/VP9t0rw0I4
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) December 22, 2017
“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,” the mother wrote in the email. “He made these choices. He is spreading hate.”
As a result, the girl’s family staged an intervention Wednesday, took her to a friend’s house in Washington, D.C., and tried to convince her to stay away from him. The girl eventually agreed it was in her best interests to end the relationship, the Tribune reported.
However, the parents went to check in on their daughter Friday morning, after possibly hearing a sound, a detective told the girlfriend’s grandmother. Hence, they discovered the boyfriend in their daughter’s bedroom. The girl’s father shouted at the boy, told him to leave and never return. The boy then pulled out a gun and fatally shot both parents before turning the gun on himself.
The police reportedly haven’t declared the motive but family members and friends blamed it on “the couple’s struggle to keep hate out of their home,” the Tribune reported, citing family members.
The teen has been charged with two counts of murder. He is in a hospital in critical condition. A law enforcement source told FOX 5 police are investigating whether the boy has Neo-Nazi connections.
The boy’s family declined to comment.
#BREAKING Police have charged a Lorton teen with the murder of a Reston couple. Police say the 17-year-old shot and killed 48-year-old Scott Fricker & his wife, 43-year-old Buckley Kuhn-Fricker in their Reston home, and then himself @fairfaxpolice: https://t.co/6HHFu6OJU8
— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuTV) December 23, 2017
Finally, several neighbors laid flowers outside the home Saturday, and said the entire neighborhood is feeling a profound loss.
“They just seemed like people we would like to know better and they are just gone. We all really feel big loss,” neighbor Danuta Moon told FOX 5. “They were a very new part of this community but we all really started to like them very much.”