Funeral held for boys allegedly stabbed, killed by brother
The funeral for two young West Point brothers stabbed to death in their home May 22 week was held Monday. Hundreds of people attended the services for 10-year-old Alex and 4-year-old Benjie Vidinhar at the Washington Heights Baptist Church in Ogden.
The family asked that people who are attending to dress comfortably and to wear children-themed T-shirts, which many did.
"It has a shattering effect on the family, said supporter Lawrence Jordan. "We love them a lot."
A lot of children were also in attendance Monday, and there was also a large presence of law enforcement.
Sunday, a viewing was held for the two boys. Friends and family were able to meet with the family and try to bring comfort during this traumatic time.
Davis County sheriffs said both boys suffered knife wounds. Two knives believed to have been used in the killings were recovered from the family's West Point home.
Officials believe the boys were killed by their 15-year-old brother who was babysitting at the time.
Friday saw the first court hearing for the teen. Attorneys are now waiting for results from the investigation to determine if he will be tried as an adult. The boys' father has said he does not want his son to face a potential sentence of life in prison without parole.
He said the family "never imagined something like this could happen," and believes emotional or mental health issues may have played a role in the tragic incident.
How would you handle if one of your children killed his sibling(s)? Would you still stand by them or want them punished to the fullest extent?
Answer by virginiamama71 at 3:31 PM on Jun. 3, 2013
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Answer by PartyGalAnne at 3:31 PM on Jun. 3, 2013
It would really depend. Did the 15 year old have mental issues? Did the parents have problems controlling him. Did he have anger issues the parents did not try to fix, sweep under the rug. Their must have been something leading up to this that the parents missed.
I would want the boy to be evaluated for mental issues first. Then if they find nothing wrong. To be punished to the fullest extent of the law. You do something wrong. You get punished for it.
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