A grieving father killed himself two months after his 17 year-old son shot his wife and six year-old son dead. Joshua Norwood, 37, was found dead at his home in Midland, Virginia, on Monday afternoon, with family members confirming that he’d taken his own life.
Afterwards, his mother Ginny wrote on Facebook: ‘My boy, my only boy, My son Joshua killed himself a couple hours ago…
‘He said for me not to be sorry, be happy because he would be with Jen and Wyatt. He sent me a text and said, ‘I love you’ and that he needed to be with them.’
Joshua was found dead two months after teenage son Levi allegedly shot his six year-old brother Wyatt and mother Jennifer dead on Valentine’s Day. Joshua told of his grief at losing his wife and son in the shooting. Levi is also accused of shooting at Joshua in an attempt to kill him, with his dad firing back.
Writing on a local newspaper message board, he said: ‘I was sniped. The murderer I called a son until that act must have ran once he heard me yell, as he knew his ambush shot failed.
‘There was lots of blood. I opened my door and before my work bag hit the floor I was shot in the head. Not realizing what happened until I saw blood pouring out, I then searched for my family and found Jen and Wyatt dead!’
Levi subsequently went on the run, and was tracked down by police at a Target store in Durham, North Carolina, with police there recognizing him because of his dyed purple hair.
He has since been charged with two counts of murder, and is being held without bond. The Washington Post reported that Joshua Norwood was a white supremacist who took issue with Levi having a black girlfriend.
On Facebook, his posts included a quote from white supremacist David Lane saying: ‘We must secure the existence of our race, and a future for white children.’
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