West Palm Beach, Florida
A 17-year-old boy is accused of killing his parents with a hammer. As if that isn’t enough, he followed by inviting dozens of friends for a party while their bodies lay in the bedroom.
Tyler Hadley of Port St. Lucie is facing twin counts of first-degree murder in the deaths, which authorities say happened Saturday. He is being held without bond at a juvenile detention center in Fort Pierce and it’s not immediately known whether he has an attorney.
The boy’s parents, Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley, were believed to have been struck with the hammer in their heads and torsos sometime after their son posted on Facebook around 1:15 p.m. Saturday alerting friends to an evening party at his house, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach.
According to investigators, the parents were attacked outside their master bedroom and the bodies were moved into the bedroom and the door locked.
Later that night, as many as 60 people attended Hadley’s party, according to Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Tom Nichols. They were loud enough to prompt a noise complaint and a visit by police officers. When they arrived at 1:30 a.m. Sunday to warn about the noise, the party was already breaking up, Nichols said.
At some time during the festivities, or shortly thereafter, police received a tip that a murder may have taken place. This tip led them back to the home around 4:20 a.m. and discovered the bodies covered with towels, files, books and other household items. The hammer was found between them.
The 47-year-old mother was an elementary school teacher. The father, 54, worked for Florida Power and Light. Authorities are still waiting on final autopsy results, but believe the parents died of blunt-force trauma.
As for the teen, he had attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School, according to police, but had not graduated. They said they did not know what the motive was. All we do know is he is in a world of shit.