Young Boy Kills 2 Men
The Washington Post reported that an 8-year-old Arizona boy has been charged with killing his father and another man, police said.
The boy was charged as a juvenile with two counts of premeditated murder, Police Chief Roy Melnick said.
Police are investigating the possibility that the child had been abused.
"I'm not accusing anybody of anything at this point," Melnick said. "But we're certainly going to look at the abuse part of this. He's 8 years old. He just doesn't decide one day that he's going to shoot his father and shoot his father's friend for no reason. Something led up to this."
Earlier this week, a judge determine there was probable cause to show that the boy killed his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and a renter, Timothy Romans, 39, with a .22-caliber rifle.
Melnick said officers arrived at Romero's home minutes after the shooting took place Wednesday in the small community of St. Johns, located 170 miles northeast of Phoenix. Police found one victim just outside the front door and the other in an upstairs room.
Members of the Arizona town have reached out to offer support to the victim's families, according to an AP report.
Romero and Romans are being remembered as a well-liked and a well-known members of the community.
"I don't think this church is big enough to handle it all," said the Rev. John Paul Sauter of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
St. Johns resident Flynt Smith said Romero and Romans were "the best neighbors we've ever had." They helped out when he was installing sprinklers in his yard and when his roof needed repairs, he said.
"We're still in shock," said Carl Hamblin, Romero's former Little League coach. "This is so out of the norm, and to this day, I don't believe it could happen again."