Parents slain after daughter dumps racist boyfriend
A US teenager allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's parents just days before Christmas after they convinced their daughter to dump him due to his "neo-Nazi" views, it has been revealed.
Virginia police have charged a 17-year-old boy with the murder of Scott Fricker, 48, and his wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, after he allegedly broke into their Reston home and opened fire on them.
After shooting the husband and wife dead, the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, turned the gun on himself.
He survived his self-inflicted wounds and remains in hospital under guard in a "life-threatening condition", police said.
The teen allegedly opened fire on the couple at about 5am on Friday when they found him inside their 16-year-old daughter's bedroom and confronted him.
Four other people were at home at the time of the shooting but were not hurt.
Family members said Mr Fricker and Ms Kuhn-Fricker had successfully convinced their daughter to break up with the teenager after they discovered that he had spouted white supremacist views online, the Washington Post reported.
Ms Kuhn-Fricker was so concerned about what she found that she emailed the principal of the school that her daughter and the 17-year-old attended, attaching screenshots of heinous tweets and Twitter messages he had written.
The teen retweeted messages praising Adolf Hitler, supporting the Nazis, calling for a "white revolution" and vilifying Jewish people, according to the Post.
He also reportedly shared an image of a gay man being hanged, and another image of a Jewish lolly shop, under which he wrote "ima run in there with my swastika armband right now".
"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," Ms Kuhn-Fricker wrote in the email. "He made these choices. He is spreading hate."
Family members told the Post that the parents staged an intervention last Wednesday to convince their daughter to break up with her boyfriend, who she had been going out with for about six months.
The daughter reluctantly agreed after a long conversation about the horrors of the Nazi regime.