Teen ‘killed family’ then went to school
An US teenager allegedly stabbed his mother and 13-year-old twin brothers to death this week - and then went off to school as if nothing happened, according to disturbing new reports.
Landon Durham, 16, faces a capital murder charge in connection to the death of his mother, Holli Christina Durham, 36, and brothers Branson and Baron Durham, in their Alabama home, according to prosecutors.
He is automatically charged as an adult, reports the New York Post.
Police believe the three were killed early on Tuesday, and their bodies were discovered later that day. Landon went off to school at Munford High School after the slayings, Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens said at a press conference, according to The Gadsden Times.
An investigator spotted Landon Durham around 7.40am on Wednesday travelling towards Etowah County, according to the report.
Landon was arrested without incident at a store.
Mr Giddens did not comment on a possible motive.
"This is the kind of crime that you see on TV or the media or the internet that happens in other places," Mr Giddens said.
"To have it here, really hits home. Munford, like all communities in this county, is pretty close-knit, and I know they are hurting and we are too."
"It's just hard to believe these kinds of things can happen," the prosecutor added.
Dr Suzanne Lacey, superintendent of the local Talladega County school district, called the triple homicide a "tragedy."
"Like any small town, when tragedy strikes it affects the entire community including the school community," Dr Lacey said in a statement obtained by AL.com.
"Our focus is to support the school family during this difficult time. We have additional counsellors available to provide a helping hand and listening ear to our Munford students and staff."