Murder in paradise: 24-year-old arrested in Virgin Island slaying of parents

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VIRGIN ISLANDS — At Sapphire Bay in the Virgin Islands, the sunshine is warm, the beach is beautiful and the water sparkles clear as glass. It’s close to paradise on Earth — a spot where you can relax and leave the cares of the world behind.

Yet authorities say that on Saturday in a rental condominium on this pristine bay, that idyllic scene was darkened by a double murder. In a bathroom in one of the Crystal Cove Condominiums, staff members investigating a leak Monday found the body of Kenneth Young, a 73-year-old resident of Massachusetts. He had been stabbed numerous times, authorities said.

Found in the unit’s second bathroom was the body of his wife, Jane Nancy Young, who was 66. She, too, had been stabbed multiple times, according to investigators.

Suspect arrested in Massachusetts

And the suspect is their 24-year-old son, Mikhail Young. He returned alone to the U.S. mainland, and was arrested by police in Sudbury, Massachusetts, where the family lived.

In this story

  • The son is charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his parents
  • Mikhail Young was arrested at home in Massachusetts
  • His mother had retired from teaching just a few months ago

Authorities in the Virgin Islands said at a news conference that surveillance video showed Mikhail Young entering the rented condo at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by his parents.

Shortly before noon, according to authorities, he left the unit by himself. And further investigation revealed, authorities said, that at around 3 p.m. that afternoon Mikhail Young boarded a US Airways flight for Philadelphia.

Virgin Islands police say Young is charged with murder. Those authorities said they got in touch with police in Sudbury, who said they knew of Young because they had received numerous calls about disturbances he was causing.

Report: Parents had requested restraining orders

WCVB television, a CNN affiliate in Boston, reported that court records showed a history of restraining orders requested by the parents against their son.

The station said that Young was adopted, and that he’d been arrested in Sudbury in 2008 for possession of marijuana and in 2010 for assault and battery following a domestic dispute.

The station also reported that he took medication for bipolar disorder, but neighbors said he was doing better lately and the tension was subsiding.

His mother had been a teacher at Lincoln-Sudbury High School.

“Mrs. Young was a well-loved member of the LS math department for 17 years,” the school said in an email to parents.

She had retired just a few months ago, WCVB said.

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