A Minnesota man is charged with two counts of murder after shooting two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving weekend, news sources report.
Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin, Haile Kifer, 18, were killed in the Little Falls home of Byron Smith, a highly trained U.S. Foreign Service retiree. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said Smith told the police he shot the teens multiple times after they broke into his house, Star Tribune reported.
Smith grew up in Little Falls and volunteered in Order of the Arrow, a camping fellowship program within the Boy Scout program. He was apart of the community, even hired high school kids to help around his property, St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.
According to Smith, in the past three years his house and garage was burglarized. Sheriff's records show that Smith had reported only one burglary, on Oct. 27, when $10,000 worth of sentimental items was reported taken, Star Tribune reported.
Police discovered the bodies of Brady and Kifer after Byron Smith called a neighbor, asking about a lawyer and letting the neighbor know that he should call authorities, Star Tribune reported.