2 Teens Arrested For Stabbing 5 of Their Family Members to Death

Two teens who lived on a quiet, upper-middle-class neighborhood in an Oklahoma suburb were arrested this week, after a 911 call was made in which no one talked, but the line remained open. The teens were charged with the grisly stabbing murders of their parents, and three other siblings.


A sixth victim -- a 13-year-old girl -- was wounded but is reportedly recovering. A 2-year-old girl was also found in the home and was unharmed.

The tragedy occurred in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa on the Oklahoma River. The close-knit community is reeling in the aftermath, hardly able to fathom such violence. The victims identified were parents David and April Bever, ages 52 and 44, and three of their children -- two sons, ages 12 and 7, and a 5-year-old girl. They were unnamed, along with the 16-year-old brother in custody for their murder, because they were minors. The eldest of the children, 18-year-old Robert Bever, is also in custody.

"It certainly is shocking. I'm shocked," neighbor Patricia Statham said. "I feel so bad for everyone who walks into that house. You can see it in the faces of the officers when they come out."

Witnesses said there was so much blood as the sun came up Thursday morning that the police had to hang tarps and set up makeshift walls to keep the disturbing scene from public view.

"I've been here 19 years and I don't know if we've had more than three homicides in a year," said Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun, the department spokesman. "This is the worst single criminal event in Broken Arrow history ... Anytime someone murders their family members, as young as 5, I don't see how there could be a mental process for that."

A motive for the boys is unknown, although neighbors did describe them a homeschooling family who kept their children on a tight leash. Forty-six-year-old Bill Whitworth said he had an 18-year-old son too, but he wasn't friends with Robert.

"My son never had an opportunity to play with him because their parents wouldn't allow them to play with the other kids," Whitworth said. He continued, "I saw the Suburban backing out of the driveway," but admitted it was the only time he ever really saw the family.

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The neighborhood was in a well-to-do area of town, surrounded on three sides by a country club. The family home sold for $245,000 in 2007 and, according to records, is one of the largest and most expensive on the block.

This just isn't the sort of thing that's supposed to happen in a neighborhood like this. Everyone is supposed to rake their lawn and slow down for kids playing in the street, and bake cookies and all that. It just goes to show that no matter where you live, there's no guarantee that you can escape violence.

Neighbor Helen Hoagland is 88 years old and has lived in the area for half of her life. "We just have a great neighborhood. That's just crazy; it's absolutely crazy," she said. Another 74-year-old neighbor added, "Usually the worst thing we have here is kids with baseball bats destroying mailboxes."


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