Texas Girl Charged With Killing Family

Dad survives predawn attack sparked by foiled romance, cops say
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2008 7:39 PM CST
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm investigators from Rains and Smith Counties, Texas shovel and pick through charred remains of a rural Alba home on Saturday evening, March 1, 2008. A mother and two children...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 16-year-old Texas girl and three friends allegedly killed her mother and two brothers and set the family home on fire because her parents objected to her boyfriend, the AP reports. The suspects face capital murder charges in yesterday's attack, which the girl's father survived. Shot five times, he crawled 300 yards to a neighbor's house for help.

“The parents were attempting to break the relationship up,” the Rains County sheriff said today. The daughter, the 19-year-old boyfriend, and friends aged 18 and 20 shot and stabbed their victims, who included the family's 8- and 13-year-old sons. The father is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.