COEUR D ALENE, Idaho Investigators said a teenage boy murdered his father and brother in an attack near N. 1st Street and Spokane Avenue Monday night. Court documents released Tuesday showed the suspect confessed following his arrest.
Authorities said the teen, Eldon G. Samuel III, 14, was charged as an adult for two counts of First Degree Murder. The suspect faced a judge Tuesday afternoon in Kootenai County. The judge set bail at $1 million. KREM 2 News has decided to name the teenage suspect because he will be charged as an adult.
Police said the attack occurred at a home around 9:30 p.m. Monday.
Court documents stated that the suspect called police. He told dispatchers that he shot and killed his brother and father according to court records. Officers arrived to find the suspect standing outside, covered in blood.
Police entered the home and found the suspect's father and brother dead in a room next to the kitchen. The victims were identified as Eldon Gail Samuel Jr., 46, and Jonathan Samuel, 13. The police report stated bloody footprints were found at the scene as well as blood on the ceiling.
Officers arrested the 14-year-old murder suspect. He later confessed to killing his father and brother.
The suspect told investigators that his father took medications and often beat him. He claimed his father also took medications and would talk about zombies. He told authorities that his father fired 'a shot' Monday night while he was outside talking about zombies. The father entered the home and a fight began between him and the 14-year-old according to police.
The teenage suspect claimed his father pushed him during the argument, so he shot his father once in the stomach. The .45 caliber pistol was hidden under the couch according to court records. The suspect told authorities that his father crawled into another room where the younger brother, Jonathan was hiding under a bed. The teenager admitted to shooting his father three times in the head. He claimed he was afraid of his father coming after him according to court records.
Officers stated the suspect then admitted to killing his 13-year-old brother by using a shotgun, knife, and machete.
Eldon did not show any remorse in reference to killing his brother, stated court documents.
The teenager said his father was dead when he attacked his brother. Court documents stated that the teen admitted he shot the 13-year-old who was hiding under a bed. The 13-year-old victim was then stabbed multiple times with a large knife. The murder suspect admitted to grabbing a machete when his brother appeared to still be alive. Records stated the suspect stabbed his brother up to 30 times with a machete.
Eldon physically demonstrated the manner in which he held and used the machete, police wrote in their report. The demonstration showed a violent and 'severe' action used on his brother.
The teenager allegedly told authorities he did not feel bad about killing his brother. The suspect informed officers that he 'hated' his brother. During an interview, he admitted to mentally preparing to kill his father and brother for about eight months according to the police.
He 'slightly' regrets killing his father but blames his brother for his anger and frustration, wrote investigators.
The Samuel family moved from California to Coeur d'Alene about four months prior to be closer to their grandfather according to the executive director of North Idaho's St. Vincent de Paul.
The home where the shooting took place was one of North Idaho's St. Vincent de Paul's emergency housing program units. The Director said they have never seen anything like this in any of their homes.
It's very sad, said the director.
Eldon Samuel III was a student at Lakes Magnet Middle School according to leaders at Coeur d Alene School District. The following letter was sent to parents of students at Lakes on Tuesday:
Dear Lakes Families,
It is with great sadness that I send this email to notify you that one of our Lakes Magnet Middle School students was involved in last night's tragic shooting in Coeur d Alene and is in police custody.
Family tragedy is very painful and personal and can bring up feelings and emotions in many different ways. Your son or daughter may hear information about this tragedy through social media, friends or by other means so we wanted you to know so that you can contact the school should you have any questions or concerns about your own child as they process the news about one of their classmates.
We have mobilized our district s crisis assistance team, and will have school counselors and administrators available to meet with students throughout this week to help our students and staff cope with this terrible tragedy.
Feel free to contact us if we can help your family in any way during this tragic time.
Jeff Bengtson, Principal
The 13-year-old murder victim was a student at Canfield Middle School.
The murder appeared to be the first homicide in the city of Coeur d'Alene in some time. In December of 2013, the police department said there had not been a murder in Coeur d'Alene for about five years.