16-year-old Vincent Parker of Norfolk, Virginia admitted to the double murder of both of his parents, an attack of extreme viciousness that was prompted by his dad “taking away my iPod.”
WTKR reports that Vincent, a 10th grader at Norview High School and an only child, attacked his mother, Carol Parker, as she was coming out of the bathroom. He sprayed her with pepper spray, then stabbed her multiple times in the eye before striking her several times with a crowbar and baseball bat “until she stopped breathing.” A medical examiner counted 25 distinct blows and slashes to her neck, face and head.
When his father, Wayne Parker, got home, Vincent used the knife and crowbar to kill him too.
At first Vincent claimed that his father had started the violence. Wayne Parker, however, survived to call 911 and tell police what happened. WVEC reports that five bloody knives, a baseball, and a crowbar were found at the scene with DNA evidence from Vincent.
“I just remember getting mad,” he told investigators. “It’s all from my dad. All this stuff like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff.”
Vincent pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in adult court. His sentence will be decided in September at a Norfolk Circuit Court trial.
Vincent was an honor roll student. A psychiatric evaluation found him sane and intelligent.
Defense attorney Emily Munn is hoping that Vincent will get to serve out at least part of his sentence in a juvenile court.
While they are baffled by his random act of brutality, Vincent’s family has not given up on him.
“I want him to get some type of counseling,” said grandfather Allen Taylor, his mother’s father. “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.”
Taylor says he forgives his grandson.
“We had to give it to God,” he said. “He is the only one who can help us now.”