Father of Quadruple Murder Suspect Has Some Tough Words for His Son

The father of a man suspected of killing four people in a mansion in Washington, D.C. on May 14 is not exactly running to his son's defense — his mind is, instead, with the victims of the tragedy. Dennis Wint, the father of ex-con and quadruple murder suspect Daron Dylon Wint, issued a heartbreaking statement to the family of the victims and — in a refreshing twist — didn't make excuses for his son.

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The younger Wint is suspected of murdering Savvas Savopoulos, the 46-year-old CEO of American Iron Works, his wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son, Philip, and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, in the family's mansion in Washington, D.C. The motive for the murder is still unknown, but Wint's DNA was reportedly detected on a pizza crust found at the home and police say pizza was ordered to the house while the family was being held captive by Wint and possibly an accomplice.

Speaking to the family's two teen daughters, who were away at school at the time of the murders, as well as Figueroa's loved ones, the suspect's father said in a statement:

We hope that whoever committed these heinous crimes — my son included — will suffer the consequences of their actions. The violence is in no way an indication of the life we live or the values that my family embraces. I would like the family of the victims to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Wint then asked for privacy from the media as he and his family live through this nightmarish ordeal. His son has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. Police are reportedly questioning others in the hopes of making more arrests in connection with the incident.

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Admittedly, I tend to jump to conclusions when I read about suspects who are accused of committing unbelievably violent crimes like this one. I make assumptions about their upbringing and chalk up their deeds to an unhappy childhood or neglectful parents. For some reason, these assumptions bring a sense of relief — they provide explanations for something that makes zero sense. Why would anyone intentionally hurt four people he or she didn't even know?

It's frightening to think that there is no explanation for these murders. If Wint is guilty of the crimes, it doesn't sound like we can blame his childhood or family — whose statement indicates they are good-hearted people who want justice for these victims as much as they rest of us. 

What do you think about this father's statement?

 

Image via Metropolitan Police Department

 

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