Boy Reportedly Kills Grandparents for Calling His Mom a ‘Whore’

handgunA 13-year-old boy is charged with shooting his grandparents to death at their Pennsylvania home. Court documents say Zachary James Proper murdered the elderly couple because he was upset that they called his mother a "whore" and were "speaking poorly about her."

According to police, the kid confessed to the crime and has since been charged with two counts of criminal homicide. It's a shocking crime, to be sure. Though just as unnerving is where Proper got the weapon he allegedly used.

An affidavit detailed that he used bolt cutters to break into the gun safe at his grandparents' home and took out a handgun. He then put headphones on, crept up behind his grandmother, and shot her. He then phoned his grandfather saying he'd meet him at the front door to help carry in groceries. When the grandfather arrived, Proper took the pizza he was holding and shot him several times, only stopping when the gun jammed. 

Cops found the bodies after their son (Proper's father) called asking them to check on them. He had become worried when the boy allegedly got drunk and high and stolen the grandparents' car.

It's so tragic that this crime could have been committed by a family member, but equally tragic that it happened with their own gun. We hear of shootings like this way too often: homeowner shot with own firearm or gun owner accidentally shoots own child. Yes, we have the right to bear arms, but seemingly at great risk -- not only to ourselves but to others. 

I'm not sure what the answer is. Clearly this couple had responsibly locked up their gun, but to no avail. The one thing they counted on keeping them safe killed them in the end.

Do you think people should keep guns in their home?


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nonmember avatar melissa

Remember when your mom use to say don't talk bad about others or it will come back to bite you in the ass? Yea this couple didn't get to learn that lesson with their brains all over the wall.

OoOJa... OoOJanisOoO

The gun killed them? Thats like saying a knife stabbed someone!  Their grandson killed them! That gun would still be locked away if their granson hadn't stolen it and killed them in cold blood. You don't think a kid that screwed up would have used something else if the gun was not available?

tifferie tifferie

They called his mom a "whole"? Is that a typo?

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

I do think people should have guns. I don't think they should call the mother of their grandchildren a whore. Poor upbringing of a child is to blame, not a gun. There are corrupt police, does that mean we should not have police? No, because there are many good, decent officers that save lives. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

nonmember avatar Kristi

I'd be willing to bet that this wasn't the first time they'd called his mother a whore, and if they're willing to do that then they probably were verbally abusive to the boy as well. Not saying that was any excuse for the boy but I find myself not feeling too bad for the grandparents having grown up in a home where I was verbally abused. I'm also curious what kind of gun safe they have. I've never seen one that could be opened with a pair of bolt cutters? This sounds like a case where a lot of things could have been done differently and we'll be saying "what if" forever.

Rae.302 Rae.302

Agreed with nonmember Kristi ^^^

There's more to this story. They shouldn't have spoken ill of his mother, not that they deserved to die for it. But I think there's a lot more to this story that we don't and may never know.

I'd also like to know if they were his paternal grandparents or maternal grandparents. I'm thinking they were his paternal grandparents since the boys father had the police check on them.

Sad story all the way around.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Wow. Really surprised when the 13y/o got drunk and high and stole their car...huge red flag the kid needed some serious supervision. This is so bad on so many levels. NOT SAYING IT IS RIGHT but this is the problem when people get involved in someone's business and shouldn't, those grandparents did not have any right talking about his mom that way and the kid does need to be punished, he could of cut ties with them instead of killing sad, sounds like there were issues before though!

zombi... zombiemommy916

Just a guess, but I'm pretty sure this psycho would have found a way to do the deed, gun or not...

Venae Venae

He did not kill them for talking badly about mom - otherwise he would have killed them right after they said it.  Instead, he snuck up on grandma and shot her.  Then he lured grandpa to the house.  Little fucker needs to be executed right now.

cmjaz cmjaz

The 13 year old sounds psychotic and probably would've stabbed them to death in their sleep.

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