4 younger males have been accused of killing members of the family in Fairfax County in latest months, and police say they’re involved about a rise in household violence.
Within the most recent case, 19-year-old Philip Nguyen was charged in early September with stabbing his father, 78-year-old Truman Nguyen, to dying and burying his physique within the yard of their residence within the Falls Church space.
In August, 33-year-old Bradley Lister was arrested and charged with murder a number of days after police say he shot and killed his mom and sister inside his mom’s residence in Burke, Virginia.
“Household violence is regarding. The uptick in murder household violence, you already know,
does have us sort of shaking our heads,” Fairfax County Police Maj. Ed O’Carroll mentioned.
Final yr, there have been 15 homicides in Fairfax County. However 18 folks have died in homicides thus far this yr. 5 of them had been victims of household violence.
“It is a quantity that, you already know, we did not wish to see however we’re right here. However we don’t discuss numbers, we discuss households and lives – lives shattered,” O’Carroll mentioned.
O’Carroll mentioned there isn’t a doubt in his thoughts that the pandemic bears a lot of blame.
“Possibly the isolation of people escalated – one thing has modified and we see this uptick in household violence,” he mentioned.
Rachna Krisnan leads The Ladies’s Middle, which gives counseling for home violence victims. She agrees the challenges posed by the pandemic are fueling unrest inside many properties.
“We’re seeing a 40% enhance in counseling classes with current shoppers.
So, even our current shoppers, they’re feeling extra stress, extra abuse, extra stress at residence,” Krisnan mentioned.
Requests from new are shoppers additionally greater than ever. Her strongest recommendation to those that are struggling or fearful:
“Belief your self. Belief your intestine. Take note of conditions, phrases, actions that don’t really feel proper, and get out,”
O’Carroll urges these feeling household stress to hunt assist early. And he reminds the neighborhood has a task too — get to know your neighbors and converse up if
“In the event that they hear one thing that is regarding, legislation enforcement is right here to assist,” he mentioned.