A 19-year-old accused of stabbing his two young siblings to death and wounding his father in Colorado told investigators he carried out the attack so he could be alone in the house, documents say.
On Tuesday morning, officers in Colorado Springs arrived at Murphy's family's home to what they called a "horrific" scene. The teen also stabbed his father, 42-year-old Jefferson Murphy.
Murphy faces charges for two counts of first-degree murder.
"Upon arrival, officers found three individuals stabbed inside the residence", Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black told our sister station KKTV.
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Murphy's 5-year-old sister Sophia and 7-year-old brother Noah died at the hospital, according to Colorado Springs Police.
After setting his parents' SUV on fire on March 30, Murphy was standing in a crowd of onlookers watching the vehicle burn, Fuesting said. The man is the suspect's father, KKTV reported.
The parents told authorities that Murphy had severe mental health problems and they did not want him to prosecuted in the fire, Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler told WXEF-FM.
Other family members were home during the stabbing spree but not hurt.
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"We are deeply saddened by it", the family member said.
"They were great. They were just kids", she said.
He was arrested and charged with arson and criminal damage to property, Cromwell Radio Inc reports.
A vigil was held Tuesday evening for the two children at 6 p.m.in Colorado.
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