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Brothers accused of trying to kill parents and burn down house

Photo source: Gwinnett County Detention Center
Photo source: Gwinnett County Detention Center

Two brothers have been booked in a Gwinnett County Detention Center after being accused of attempting to kill their parents and burn down their Snellville home Saturday morning.

Yvonne Ervin called the police at around 7:49 a.m. and explained that her two sons were trying to kill her and her husband, Zachary Ervin, WSB-TV reported. The couple’s sons, 17-year-old Cameron and 22-year-old Christopher, reportedly stabbed and beat their parents.

The mother informed authorities that Zachary was distracting their sons while she went to call for help.

Once police arrived, both Zachary and Yvonne were severely injured, Sgt. Roch Long told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cameron and Christopher were found at the scene and apprehended.

The parents were taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Zachary and Yvonne Ervin (Photo source: Facebook). The Home of the Ervins (Photo source: Youtube screenshot) The Ervins' Snellville home.
Zachary and Yvonne Ervin (Photo source: Facebook); The Ervins’ Snellville home (Photo source: Daily Mail via Youtube screenshot)

Officers smelled a “strong odor of natural gas” at the family’s home, leading investigators to suspect the brothers were planning to set fire to the residence.

The motives of the young men are still unclear, but police say they were cooperative through the questioning process.

Cameron and Christopher are facing charges of aggravated assault and arson in the first degree.

The Ervins’ neighbor, Clint Miller, said he never suspected the family to have any major issues and viewed them as “normal.”

“You would never even expect that,” Miller said. “They’re just an every day normal family in the neighborhood.”

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