Teen Kills Parents for Taking iPod Away

'I just remember getting mad,' he told police

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 30, 2014 2:12 AM CDT | Updated May 30, 2014 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 16-year-old in Virginia has confessed to murdering his parents with a knife, a crowbar, and a baseball bat because of punishments that including taking his iPod away. Honor roll student Vincent Parker killed his mother first, then lay in wait for his father, who was able to call 911 after being stabbed multiple times and beaten with a crowbar; he died in the hospital, reports the New York Daily News. "I just remember getting mad," Parker told police."It's all from my dad. All this stuff like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff."

Parker pleaded guilty in adult court to two counts of second-degree murder and could face decades in prison when he is sentenced this fall. His maternal grandfather says he hopes the boy doesn't receive the maximum sentence. "I want him to get some type of counseling," he tells WTKR. "Help him to grow up and be an understanding man. Be sorry for what he did do. I told him to ask God to forgive him for what he did." Asked if he had forgiven his grandson, he said, "Well, yes, I have. Because if I don't forgive him, who will?" (In another awful recent murder, a Florida woman may have been partially motivated by the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac when she allegedly killed a 2-year-old girl.)

Vincent Parker, 16, will be sentenced in September.
Vincent Parker, 16, will be sentenced in September.   (Facebook)
A group of iPod Shuffles on display at an Apple Store in San Francisco.
A group of iPod Shuffles on display at an Apple Store in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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