Teen arrested for allegedly killing parents
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The young son of two parents found murdered inside their home has been placed behind bars for their deaths.
The gruesome scene was discovered inside the family's Port St. Lucie home, Sunday. Tyler Hadley, 17, currently sits behind bars, charged with murdering his parents with a 22-inch hammer. "I think it's terrible, I didn't think that I would ever see anything like this in my lifetime," said next door neighbor, Adele Bellize.
After the killings, police said, the suspect then partied with up to 60 friends with the bodies still inside the house. The festivities ended after a tipster at the party called police at around 4:30 in the morning. "I can't believe people are that awful that would do that," said Bellize.
Police searched the home to find Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley's bodies locked in the master bedroom. "We believe that the homicide occurred outside the door of the master bedroom," said Port St. Lucie Police Detective Tom Nichols. "We believe that Mom was killed first, then Dad, and then Tyler put the bodies back inside the room. They were laid on the floor with the hammer between them where he tried to conceal the bodies with household items."
Adam Gibbs attended the party. "They said he killed his parents with a hammer because they wouldn't let him throw a party," he said.
Port St. Lucie Police Capt. Don Kryak added, "He had a party after the homicides took place. It was a merciless killing and brutal, and then the Facebook invitation to have a party, to have your friends and 40 to 60 people come over I think speaks for itself."
The teen's highschool classmates can't believe the accusations. "He just seemed totally normal, I didn't think anything was wrong with him," said Johnna Izzo. "It's just shocking that I came over at like 2:30 last night and there was a bunch of cars in the street and nothing seemed out of the ordinary, except a Port St. Lucie party, but that's it."
Neighbor Raeann Wallace said she has known the family since before the suspect was born. "This is not the Tyler I remember," she said. "What happened? ... He and his dad would be shooting hoops [in the driveway]. It's unreal. It's like, OK, when I wake up, this will all be over."
The father, 54, worked for Florida Power and Light, and the mother, 47, was a teacher in the area. They are survived by a 23-year-old son who lives out-of-state.
Hadley has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and is being held at the Port St. Lucie County Jail with no bond. He has so far refused to talk to detectives and is scheduled to appear before a judge Tuesday morning.
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