Two Brothers Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Murder Parents

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On Saturday morning, two brothers allegedly attempted to murder their parents in suburban Snellville, northeast of Atlanta.

The brothers, Christopher Ervin, 22, and Cameron, 17, both of whom graduated from Shiloh High School, where they played football, reportedly attacked and tried to murder their parents in their home in the 3000 block of Forbes Trail. The father, Zachary, was knifed repeatedly, while the mother, Yvonne, “had blunt force trauma but not as severe as the father,” according to Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long.

Long reported, “(Yvonne Ervin) stated to our 911 operator that her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” adding that the suspects’ mother “told the 911 operator that (her husband) had distracted the sons and that she was able to call. … That was probably the life-saving move from this event.”

Long continued by saying that when police arrived at the Ervin home, “Zachary came out of the garage and collapsed. He had a lot of head and body injuries from blunt force trauma and stab wounds on his back.”

The sons were immediately arrested.

Sgt. Long also asserted that the brothers planned to burn their parents’ home down and had “introduced natural gas into the house.”

The brothers are charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and two felony counts of first-degree arson, and will be tried as adults. According to Long, “There is no official motive at this point, but there has to be something more to this. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to kill their parents yesterday.”

The Ervin brothers are being held at the Gwinnett County jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 11.