Police believe the violent deaths of three people in Stavanger are the result of a family tragedy in which a 22-year-old man murdered both his parents and later was killed when his car collided head-on with a truck. The police had been alerted to the unfolding tragedy by a worried teenage neighbor, but admitted that officers did not take the call seriously.
According to police, the parents were stabbed to death. The 55-year-old father was already dead when officers responded to a second call from the same neighborhood in Stavanger’s Tasta district around 8pm Monday, saying that a woman had been dragged into a house against her will. The 52-year-old mother was found severely injured at the scene and died at a local hospital shortly after 3am.
Meanwhile, a motorist who was later identified as the couple’s 22-year-old son died in a car accident on Highway 39 near Bjerkreim south of Stavanger when he collided with an oncoming truck. The truck driver was lightly injured in the collision. During a press conference on Tuesday, police inspector Ernst K Rossebø refused to speculate about the cause of the crash. The 22-year-old son drove his mother’s car.
The deceased were all Norwegian citizens of Vietnamese origin with no police record. Surviving family members were taken care of by support teams, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported.
Rosseland said the police had no reason to suspect that other people had been involved in the drama. He said it was too early to speculate about the motive for the murders.