'Neo-Nazi' Teen Mowed 40-Foot Swastika Into Field Two Months Before Allegedly Killing His Girlfriend's Parents

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The "outspoken neo-Nazi" teen accused of killing his girlfriend's parents on Friday reportedly mowed a giant swastika into the grass of a Virginia community field two months before he allegedly committed the horrifying murders.

Neighbors of the 17-year-old boy told The Washington Post they first saw the swastika in a common area in late October and knew exactly who had done it. Penny Potter told the newspaper her husband had described it as roughly 40-feet across and 40-feet high, approximately the same height as a four-story building.

At the time, the grass in the field had grown out slightly and the area within the swastika was cut closer to the ground, according to Potter, who added that it was clearly the Nazi symbol.

"We live in a very safe neighborhood where kids can ride their bikes and not worry about anything," Potter told The Post. "For the first time, I was fearful that there was someone living in our neighborhood who was capable of incredibly irrational behavior."

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Scott Fricker, 48 & Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, parents of 16-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy. Family moved into house in August. A 3rd person shot is in critical cond. Shooter was known; no public threat. @fairfaxpolice filed no charges yet. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/sa7jMgcBsF

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She shared the story of the swastika with the newspaper just days after the boy, who has not been named because he is a juvenile, allegedly shot his 16-year-old girlfriend's parents in their home as the family gathered for Christmas. The girl's mother, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, had described the boy as an "outspoken neo-Nazi" and staged an intervention with her husband, Scott Fricker, 48, earlier in the week in a bid to try to get her daughter to stop seeing him. The couple had discovered a Twitter account they believed belonged to the teen that praised Hitler, made derogatory remarks about Jews, called for "white revolution," and featured a man hanging from a noose below a gay slur, according to The Post.

Potter didn't call the police after uncovering the swastika and instead decided with other neighbors that it was best to send someone to the boy's parents' home to discuss the incident. The teenager's parents admitted it was their son who carved the swastika into the grass, Potter told The Post, and said they knew he had behavioral issues. They said he was getting treatment.

The head of the Gunston Manor neighborhood association told The Post he only heard about the swastika after neighbors had spoken to the boy's family, adding that everyone was "disgusted and embarrassed" by the hate symbol. Denizens then mowed the field to disguise the swastika.

The teen allegedly shot his girlfriend's parents on Friday morning after Scott Fricker went to go check on his daughter after becoming aware of noise coming from her room. After discovering the boy there, the 17-year-old pulled out a gun and shot at them, according to the girl's grandmother, Janet Kuhn.

The teen has been charged with two counts of murder. He is still in hospital in critical condition after he turned the gun on himself.