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Police: 15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake

2 found dead inside a Chesapeake home: Police
2 found dead inside a Chesapeake home: Police
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police - Peartree Street
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police - Peartree Street
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police - Peartree Street
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police - Peartree Street
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police - Peartree Street
Posted at 4:32 AM, Jan 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-11 10:15:47-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A 15-year-old boy adopted son has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder after his adoptive parents were found dead on Peartree Street near the South Norfolk area Tuesday morning.

Chesapeake Police said the man and woman died from injuries sustained from a knife and/or a hammer that was found at the scene.

The victims were later identified as 61-year-old Donna Daugherty and 60-year-old John Daugherty of the 1800 block of Peartree Street, police said.

"I just can’t believe this happened. I’m still shocked by it," Eddie Gray, a neighbor, told News 3's Leondra Head. "As soon as I came in, my sister asked me ‘have you been watching the news?’ I’ve been at work all day."

15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police

"I’ve only seen the kid one or two times," Gray said. "But he didn’t seem like the type of kid that would do anything like that. It’s just nuts."

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15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police

Gray said he recently saw the teen working on a truck.

"The mother was out there with the dogs and I was talking to her too," Gray said. "My sister just spoke to her last night."

15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police
15-year-old son charged with killing adoptive parents in Chesapeake: Police

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Gray recalled the teen's father cooking outside often.

"They were always out," he said. "Especially the dad, he was always outside cooking. He’s got a big smoker and he smokes stuff all the time. He just brought me some ribs a couple of weeks ago."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.