A 17-year-old boy in Virginia suspected of being a Neo-Nazi shot and killed his girlfriend’s parents three days before Christmas, according to reports.
Accounts of the shooting via police officials and the Washington Post state that on December 22, the teen pulled a gun on the girl’s parents—Scott Fricker, 48, and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43–in their home in Reston, Virginia. The boy then shot himself in the head. He was taken to the hospital, where he remained in critical condition.
Prior to the shooting, the girl’s parents said they discovered racist online comments and activity believed to have come from the boy. They urged their daughter to break up with him and held an intervention, according to those close to the family who spoke to the Post:
Friends and family said Kuhn-Fricker, who owned an elder-care business, was tolerant and passionate about civil rights and social justice, so she put her foot down after discovering alarming tweets and Twitter messages she believed were connected to her 16-year-old daughter’s boyfriend after looking at the girl’s phone. She believed the messages were posted under an assumed name.
On Sunday night, Kuhn-Fricker alerted the principal of the Fairfax County private school that her daughter and the boyfriend attend, attaching numerous images of the account that had retweeted missives praising Hitler, supporting Nazi book burnings, calling for “white revolution,” making derogatory comments about Jews and featuring an illustration of a man hanging from a noose beneath a slur for gay people.
According to a friend, Kuhn-Fricker wrote in an email: “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. He made these choices. He is spreading hate.” The friend says Kuhn-Fricker worried that the boy was spreading his racist views to their daughter:
Kuhn-Fricker wrote that her daughter told her over the summer that the boyfriend was very good at history and that her daughter asked, “Did you know that Jews are partly to blame for WWII?”
Janet Kuhn, Kuhn-Fricker’s mother, said that her daughter told her she believed the boyfriend was trying to indoctrinate the girl with white-supremacist ideas. Kuhn and friends said the girl spent hours on the phone with the boyfriend, often just listening to him talk.
Another friend said Kuhn-Fricker told them, “We can’t allow her to see someone associated with Nazis. We don’t associate with hate groups in our house.” After the family intervention last Wednesday, according to friends and family, the girl broke things off with the boyfriend.
Janet Kuhn says detectives told her the shooting happened after the parents found the boy in their daughter’s bedroom around 5 a.m.
The boy was charged with two counts of murder on Saturday. His parents declined comment to the Post.