Hearing for Teen Accused of Killing Girlfriend's Parents Closed to Public

A juvenile court judge barred the public from a hearing for the northern Virginia teenager accused of killing the parents of a girl he had been dating.

The Washington Post reports that Judge Thomas P. Sotelo agreed to a motion to close Monday's hearing, which Fairfax County public defender Dawn M. Butorac said could feature "sensitive information" about her 17-year-old client.

Friends and family say the slain parents, 48-year-old Scott Fricker and 43-year-old Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, intervened in their daughter's relationship with the boy after learning he espoused neo-Nazi philosophies.

Butorac said the hearing might feature information about previous charges against the teen.

The newspaper reports that the teen appeared in court wearing a white helmet, having shot himself in the head after the shooting deaths.

Police have charged the teen as a juvenile with two counts of murder. 

A close relative of the teen suspect said the family knew nothing about reports that the teen repeatedly expressed admiration for Nazis. She said he struggled with mental illness. 

Fricker and Kuhn-Fricker found the teen boy in their home on the 2600 block of Black Fir Court in Reston about 5 a.m. Dec. 22 and confronted him, police said.

He shot them and then turned the gun on himself. 

Kuhn-Fricker's daughter called 911, dispatch calls reveal.

"Caller advising her mother and father were shot," a 911 dispatcher told police.

When officers arrived at the home, they heard shots inside the home. The officers then found on the second floor of the home three people who had been shot.

Four family members who were home at the time of the shooting were not hurt. 

Janet Kuhn, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker's mother, said that days before the killings, Kuhn-Fricker had been consumed with concern about her teen daughter's boyfriend. Kuhn-Fricker had discovered the 17-year-old was a Nazi supporter.

"My daughter and her husband found out about a lot of the Nazi stuff just this past week, and they forbid their daughter to see him again," Kuhn said after the killings.

Neighbors told The Washington Post that the teen boy mowed a swastika about 40 feet across into the grass of a community field about two months before the shooting. The neighbors opted to talk to the boy's parents instead of going to police, Penny Potter said.

Buckley Kuhn-Fricker had a law practice and specialized in estate planning and elder law, according to her website. Scott Fricker worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"They were a wonderful couple," Kuhn said.

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