Saturday, December 23, 2017

Double homicide | Scott Fricker and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker; 2600 block of Black Fir Court, Reston, VA

This memorial of flowers is outside a home in a quiet Reston, Virginia neighborhood. The double homicide was allegedly perpetrated by a neo-Nazi teenager.

 From a Fairfax County Police report: Fair Oaks Police District – Overnight, homicide detectives obtained petitions charging a 17-year-old Lorton boy with the murders of Scott Fricker and his wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker. The suspect was the third person shot at the scene of yesterday’s double murder in the 2600 block of Black Fir Court in Reston, Virginia, [on December 22, 2017]. His injuries were self-inflicted and he remains in the hospital in life-threatening
condition. He is under police guard.
The preliminary investigation determined the suspect, who knows the residents of the home, got inside and was then confronted by the couple. The suspect shot them both and then himself.
Four other family members who were home at the time of the shooting were not hurt. Our Victim Services Section has been assisting them as needed.
The petitions will be served on the suspect at a time yet to be determined, depending on his medical condition. His identity is not being revealed due to his age.

Excerpted from a Washington Post article: Buckley Kuhn-Fricker was so disturbed by what she discovered about her teenage daughter’s boyfriend that she spent a tumultuous week pushing for a breakup. By Thursday, she texted a friend saying the “outspoken Neo Nazi” was out of their lives.

But just hours later, the family said that the 17-year-old boyfriend had shot and killed Kuhn-Fricker, 43, and her husband, Scott, 48 in their Reston, Va., home. It happened while the couple’s children and relatives were inside... gathered to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

The teen, who then turned the gun on himself and is in critical condition at a hospital, was charged with two counts of murder Saturday after police spent Friday investigating at the large, green, single-family home decorated with Christmas wreaths and snowflakes.

Fairfax County police would not offer a motive for the double slaying, but family members and friends tied it directly to the couple’s struggle to keep hate out of their home...

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.

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. In a series of private Twitter messages, the account Kuhn-Fricker attributed to the boyfriend responded to a photo of a candy shop that featured a display of a dreidel by writing, “ima run in there with my swastika armband right now.”

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-Fricker said her daughter grew so upset in recent weeks when she told her to stop seeing the boyfriend the teenager refused to eat. “We can’t allow her to see someone associated with Nazis,” a friend... recalled Kuhn-Fricker saying. “We don’t associate with hate groups in our house.”

Janet Kuhn said the family staged an intervention with her granddaughter on Wednesday, to convince her to stay away from the boyfriend. There was anger, crying and a long discussion about the Nazis, but the teenager eventually agreed it was in her best interests to end the relationship.

Janet Kuhn said that a detective revealed that her daughter and son-in-law went to check on her granddaughter in the early hours of Friday morning, after possibly hearing a sound.
The parents discovered the boyfriend in their daughter’s bedroom... Scott Fricker yelled at the boyfriend to get out of the house and to never return... At that point, the boyfriend pulled out a gun and shot both parents. The boyfriend then shot himself in the head.

Peace. Peace, justice, and every healing. Shalom. Peace.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Memorial to Joni Rockingham / 300 block of 34th Street NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 300 block of 34th Street NE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. At approximately 8:36 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious female. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an unconscious and unresponsive adult female. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The cause of death was found to be multiple stab wounds and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The decedent has been identified as Joni S. Rockingham, 53, of Northeast, DC. She had been reported missing on November 24, 2017, and was the subject of an active Youth and Family Services Division missing persons case. 

From WUSA-9: Police found a woman's body in an alley in Northeast DC. They suspect it's Joni Sharette Rockingham, 53, a mother of three grown children, and they think she was murdered.
It was the outcome friends and family feared the most. Rockingham walked out of her mom's house the day before Thanksgiving without her purse and disappeared.
Her friends and family searched and plastered missing posters her everywhere they could.
“She was a person make you laugh all the time, clown all the time,” said her sister, Trina Rockingham.
Almost three weeks after she disappeared, a neighbor spotted a woman's body next to a garbage can behind an abandoned home on 34th St. Neighbors say they searched the alley and the driveway repeatedly. They say she was not here up until now. ‘We think somebody dumped her, definitely, because she was not laying (there), said Rockingham’s friend April King.
“I just believe she put up a struggle. And I'm hoping and believing that some DNA is going to show up somewhere,” said a neighbor, Connie Dickens.
Her sister says it’s going to be a horrible Christmas. “That’s a sick person,” she said of the killer. “Because who is going to hold someone that long? Who does that?”

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shrine for Luis Ernesto Bonilla | 7100 block of Fairchild Drive, Alexandria VA

From a Fairfax County Police report: Homicide detectives this morning are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. The victim is Luis Ernesto Bonilla. Officers were on routine patrol at about 11:15 pm December 1, 2017 in the 7100 block of Fairchild Drive when they came upon a man with trauma to his upper body in a nearby wooded area. Officers attempted to provide first aid to the victim and rescue personnel responded to the scene to assist but they were unable to revive the victim. It is unknown how long he had been there. Officers immediately saturated the area, along with help from our K9 unit and helicopter unit. Officers were unable to locate any suspects, witnesses, or anyone that might have been involved in the incident.  Detectives are still in the early stages of the investigation. They will continue to work to find the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Needels at 703-246-7904

From Covering The Corridor's blog post:  Police officers on patrol found Luis Ernesto Bonilla suffering from wounds to the upper body around 11:15 p.m. last night. The location is near the Meadow Woods Apartments complex. Officers and other first responders tried to revive Bonilla at the scene but were unsuccessful...
Bonilla was found in a wooded area near the apartments, according to police, and residents of the apartments identified the crime scene as being near a picnic area at the eastern edge of the complex’s property.
Bonilla lived less than a mile from the crime scene. He attended West Potomac High School, and many former classmates took to social media Saturday to express shock at his death and share memories of his life. Friday’s homicide appears to be the first murder in the Richmond Highway area in 2017.

Descansa en paz / Rest in peace

Homicide site: Danjellicca Ball | 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a Homicide offense which occurred in the 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. At approximately 6:50 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital, where all life-saving efforts failed and the victim, identified as Danjellicca Ball, 25, of Hyattsville MD, was pronounced dead.

Peace to Ms. Ball and her family, and may justice be served in this tragedy.