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'We never imagined this could happen,' says father of boys allegedly killed by brother

By Mike Anderson | Posted - May 27th, 2013 @ 6:19pm



WEST POINT — The father of the two West Point boys allegedly killed by their teenage brother has opened up about the impact the incident has had on their families.

The father asked to remain anonymous while the trial of his son is taking place, but he expressed some feelings about the situation via Facebook to KSL.

On May 22, the two West Point boys were found by their mother dead inside their home. Their 15-year-old brother was arrested the next day, and accused of stabbing them to death.

The father of the boys said he was in Alabama during the incident. He works as a civilian employee at Hill Air Force Base, and he was training for a few days at Maxwell Air Force Base.

He said he had called his wife to talk when he was informed of the troubling news. He was immediately flown home to Utah.

Despite what police say happened, the father said he does not want to see his 15-year-old son tried as an adult. He said he would rather that his son receive a second chance later at life, and receive mental health treatment.

"Overall, (our son) has been a good kid, and we never imagined something like this could happen," he said.

He said their 10-year-old son Alex was always positive and loved everybody. A funeral will be planned for Alex and his 4 year-old brother, Benjie, although it likely won't take place this week.

"I still don't understand why this happened," he wrote in a Facebook message. "However, I trust that our great God can turn this tragedy into something good."

An account has been set up to help the family with the costs of the funeral arrangements. The account was set up at America First Credit Union under the name "Vidinhar Family Charitable Account."


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