Heartbroken Virginia dad killed himself after teenage son murdered his wife, 6-year-old son, say police
Joshua Norwood was found dead at his home on Monday, April 20, afternoon while the manner of suicide is yet to be ascertained
FAUQUIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA: A man killed himself two months after his teenage son allegedly murdered his mother and brother on Valentine’s Day. Joshua Norwood was found dead at his home on Monday afternoon, April 20, with police confirming no foul play into the case.
Police went for a welfare check at Joshua’s house “at the request of concerned family members,” the sheriff’s office said. His body was found with injuries to the upper part. “No foul play is suspected,” the sheriff’s office confirmed. However, his cause and manner of death will only be confirmed after a medical examination.
After his death, Joshua’s mother Ginny wrote on Facebook: ‘My boy, my only boy, My son Joshua killed himself a couple of 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.”
According to reports, the 37-year-old man was in immense grief after losing his wife Jennifer and six-year-old Wyatt after his son Levi Norwood allegedly killed them. At the time of the incident, Joshua was not at home. When he returned to his house on the evening of 14 February, he found his wife and younger son shot to death.
Levi reportedly also tried to harm his father as he fired several shots at him, injuring him before escaping on a stolen car. He was arrested the next day when he was found shoplifting at a Target store in Durham, North Carolina. He was allegedly shoplifting hair dye, clothing, and a backpack. Police recognized him there because of his dyed purple hair.
Since then, he has been held without bond and charged with two counts of murder. He was a student at Liberty High School. Some reports claimed that the reason for the feud in the family was Levi was romantically involved with a black girl, which his father did not like as Joshua was reportedly a white supremacist.
A post on his Facebook account also confirmed the same, as it read, “We must secure the existence of our race, and a future for white children.”
After the February killing, Joshua also wrote to a local newspaper message board. He had said at the time, “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!”
“It doesn’t make sense, it’s scary, it’s traumatizing. It’s a life-altering. It’s just gonna be a long, long time. I will say that it was not an easy home life for him and my heart is just broke, but I want to hear what Levi has to say,” Victoria Eaton, Joshua’s aunt, said after the killings.