from @washingtonpost On Valentine’s Day, Josh Norwood hurried from work to buy his wife flowers. The father of two pulled into his long driveway in rural Virginia just in time for dinner. But as he walked up to the home, he sensed something was wrong, he said in an interview with The Post.
And when he opened the door, his 6-year-old, Wyatt, was not there to greet him. He was instead met by gunfire. A bullet that seemed to come from the basement door sliced across his forehead.
The lights were on in the room belonging to his older son, Levi, but there was no sign of him. In the living room, there was what looked like a large pile of blankets on the floor. When he pulled back the blanket, he found his wife, Jen, facedown in a pool of blood.
Underneath another blanket on the love seat was the small body of Wyatt. “No, this isn’t real,” Norwood recalled screaming. It was another day before he learned where his older son was. On Saturday, Levi was charged with two counts of murder, setting off a manhunt for the teen.
As he grieves for his wife and first-grader, Norwood also wrestles with anger toward his elder child, whom he now refers to only as “the one who took them away.” With no clear motive named in the family tragedy, Norwood has also had to defend himself against accusations of racism that some suspect played a role.
Four classmates told The Post that Levi described his father as racist. A Facebook page belonging to Norwood is adorned with a notorious white supremacist motto known as the “14 words”: “We must secure the existence of our race, and a future for white children.”
And a close relative said Norwood was upset that Levi was dating a black girl. Read more by logging on #Washingtonpost or locate Instagram handle to click link on bio.