10th-grader admits to murdering parents because they took away iPod

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NORFOLK, Va. — A Virginia 10th-grader admitted in court Wednesday that he killed his parents one week before Christmas because he had grown tired of their seemingly routine punishments, “like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff,” WTKR reports.

Vincent Parker, 16 and an honor roll student at Norview High School, attacked his mother, Carol, as she came out of a bathroom in their home. He told police he doused his mother with pepper spray, stabbed her in the eye, and then beat her in the face and head with a baseball bat and a crowbar “until she stopped breathing.”

When Vincent’s father, Wayne, arrived home, his son attacked him with a crowbar and then stabbed him several times. Wayne Parker reportedly lived long enough to tell police what happened before succumbing to his injuries.

“I just remember getting mad,” Vincent told investigators. “It’s all from my dad. All this stuff like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff.”

Vincent is being tried as an adult and plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. A psychiatric evaluation showed Vincent was both sane and intelligent.


  • Mark Stabler

    This is a dangerous individual and will remain so the remainder of his life. An individual, sane and intelligent, that so brutally killed his Mother and Father because things just didn’t go his way at home, will never have a life that exactly goes his way. He will always be a threat to those around him.

    • stevie h.

      I agree with you 100% Mark Stabler he needs to be locked up for the rest of his life with no chance of parole

      • I have a brain

        You all are so quick to comment with your ignorant opinions and arrogant thoughts. I’m not defending the kid, saying what he did was wrong is a goddamn no brainer. What I’m saying is NONE of us know the true story behind this event. NONE of us. Not even authorities. We don’t know if his parents were molesting him secretly or maybe when he was little and he had a flashback. NONE OF YOU PEOPLE KNOW THE FULL STORY. So focus on your own lives, mind your goddamn business, keep your stupid thoughts to yourself and make sure this type of tragedy doesn’t unfold in your own lives. You’d be astonished by the number of people commenting and shit when the same shit is going on in their own immediate circle yet they fail to realize. Go back to work, school, bed, your own lives people. No one kills just for a fucking iPod being taken away. This shit goes deep.

  • Kim

    This is a generation of “entitlement.” They have no consequences for wrong, expect everything to be given to them, and have no idea what it is like to feel proud for earning things rather than being given things. This is the trouble with way too many American children AND adults.

    • Google

      This has nothing to do with entitlement really. This kid is just a literal psychopath with no sense of morality. This same scenario could have played out 10, 20, 50, etc. years ago with some other immediate cause.

    • Steve

      How is the current generation considered more entitled than the baby-boomers? 1950-2000 was the best years for America, no major depressions, Vietnam was bad, but nowhere near WW2. Jobs were aplenty, prices were cheap compared to salaries. In fact, a single minimum wage job back in the day could support a whole family. Try doing that on 8.00 an hour. You could even drop out of school and be successful. Young people now have to mostly go to college (not because it’s nessicarry, just because of business standards). And when they graduate at 22 and in $100,000 in debt, because their parents couldn’t help with school. They are lucky getting a job making 35,000/year.

  • SINNER #3

    What a POS_!! The Kids should have a phone when they can pay the bill not before !! Something so simple can cause so many problems !!

  • David B

    I actually had a friend like this who killed himself in highschool. People dont realize that the parents to these kids can be routinely verbally and mentally abusive, and basically constantly punish for no reason. I knew a kid who would get grounded for being sick… not taken to the doctor, but grounded. Turned out the kid had a chronic disease… so he basically spent all of highschool grounded. Who the hell does that kind of thing? The killer had enough self control to be an honor student, I think there is a second side to this story they arent telling us. Ive routinely seen students who were basically permanently punished by their parents despite being excellent students and great people. That basically means they have no friends… and home is more like prison than a home. If thats all you know, but you see kids all around you being treated normally by their parents… dont you think the kid is going to eventually snap? Less than half the honor students I went to school with even ended up even being average. A lot of them had breakdowns later in life because they were mentally destroyed by their own parents…they went into depression and never came out. Some of them even overdosed or killed themselves. The rate of suicide for people with excellent grades is surprisingly higher than the rest of the population.

    • Tyler D

      LOL these people here don’t care about that. These people want an action movie explanation of life. Bad guy does bad stuff and then gets killed at the end and that makes the world a better place. Trying to empathize with someone who’s done something horrible isn’t convenient or easy to begin with, let alone when you’re someone who exists on the most superficial layers of life (rather than the thick part underneath that’s full of complexity and intricacy and gray areas and explanations).

      • I have a brain

        Tyler D and David B…Thank you both for being empathetic rational human beings. People on here with their ignorant and disappointing comments are part of the reason people like this young man lash out and make others suffer. There is always another angle to the story. I’m 25 years old and I know this fact. Why are people older than me making comments an junior high schooler would make? Come on people. Get it to fucking gether.

    • Kat Marshalleck

      heres the thing though, he had a psych evaluation…if he was THAT traumatized in his house, things like that show up in a screening in almost all cases. the rate of psychopaths that are extremely intelligent is way higher than those who are less than average intelligence, as well. And btw, I dont care if you had been overly punished every day of your life, that does not explain stabbing your mom in the eye, and beating her repeatedly over the head with a crow bar AND a baseball bat. gtfoh THAT in and of itself is the sign of a extremely psychopathic individual.

  • Someone

    I am a violent convicted felon who was raised in this generation of entitlement…kids need discipline. I was never disciplined. Sad story.

  • Bonnie

    I don’t understand why parents buy such expensive toys for their kids. When my daughter turned 16 she got a job at a grocery store. When she got paid the first thing she wanted to do was buy a phone. We took her to get the phone After having it all of 3 hours she was ready to take it back and get her money back. She saw how much she would be paying in monthly fees and decided if she needed to make a call the house phone worked just fine. That was back in 2006. By giving kids everything they appreciate nothing.

  • faith black

    The kid knew the difference between right and wrong. These murders were premeditated, he should be on death row. No excuses about his age or how mean his parents could have been, the reality is he is a murderer.

  • Fatimah Furqan

    Could this have been prevented if society would stop arresting parents for spanking their children, enforcing boundaries and allowing children to do almost as they please? Just a question to ponder upon?

  • nobody

    Murderous rage is a trait of psychopaths. nothing to do with discipline or parenting, really. god complex/dissociation/violent temper could do this paired with psychosis

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