A 13-year-old Colorado boy allegedly shot his father twice in the head and concealed the death from authorities for several days, telling his father’s boss that he was sick.
The boy was arrested at his home in Gypsum Monday. Authorities were responding to a tip from the man’s employer, ECO Transit.
“The victim’s son had called in several days in a row stating that his father was ill and would not be in to work,” said Eagle County Sheriff Joseph Hoy. “During the check, the juvenile answered the door and told deputies that his 50-year old father was deceased in the residence.”
The boy was charged with first-degree murder with a crime of violence enhancement. Police have not yet reported a motive.
His father, Joseph Kelly, Jr. had been dead for about six days, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis told KMGH-TV.
The boy was known to authorities. He had been previously been caught spray-painting graffiti in town, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said. His father missed a meeting with authorities last Wednesday about his son's vandalism.
“Joe was a beloved member of our team for five years,” said Kelley Collier, the director of transportation at ECO Transit, where Kelly worked. “He always had a smile on his face. He was very comforting to others, and this tragedy is a loss to our community, his family, and his colleagues. He will be greatly missed by all in the Valley.”
The boy’s parents were divorced and his mother was not living in the home with her son.