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Kid Shoots Parents Over Halo 3

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A 17-year-old male shot his parents - killing his mother and wounding his father - all because they took Halo 3 away from him.

Thanks to this kid, you can now chalk another one up for politicians wanting to see the end of video games.

Way to go, buddy.

That's probably a good summation of gamers worldwide after hearing Daniel Petric's deadly retaliation. There's nothing more sickening than violence related to games, especially sickening to those who depend on the medium as a source of income. Is this kid really a byproduct of electronic violence, or suffering the after-effects of a violent household? The vicious scenario, laid out by prosecutors during Monday's trial, paints a familiar scene yanked from any crime drama.

According to the prosecutors, Daniel sneaked out of his bedroom back in September 2007, and later snuck back in with a tasty, just-purchased retail copy of  Halo 3. Banned from playing games of this nature, Daniel was forced to hand over the game once caught by his parents. Thus his father, Mark Petric, a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, took the copy of Halo 3 and locked it away in a lockbox located in his closet (which incidentally was the same place he kept a 9mm handgun tucked away).

A month later, Daniel broke into the lockbox and retrieved both the Halo 3 game and the 9mm handgun. Once both items were in hand, Daniel went downstairs and approached his parents as they lounged on the couch. He asked them to close their eyes, claiming the he had a "surprise." Mark Petric, 45, testified that he was actually expecting a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, that pleasant surprise turned out to be a shot in the head, killing the mother and "gravely" wounding the father. Daniel immediately place the gun in his father's hand, saying "Hey Dad, here's your gun. Take it."

Mark, still alive, blood pouring from his bullet wound, his head numb, realized that his wife was dead. He believes that he is still alive because of his older daughter and son-in-law arriving at the house to watch an Indians game.

"You guys shouldn't come in," he heard Daniel tell the couple outside. "Mom and Dad had a big argument."

Like some cue from a horror movie, Heidi and Andrew both said that they heard moans coming from inside the house, perhaps even calling out their names. After bursting into the house and investigating, they found the wounded father and dead mother. In response, Daniel picked up the gun, poised to kill, however Andrew managed to seize the weapon from the boy before any additional slayings occurred. Daniel fled in the family van, but was captured by police shortly thereafter, Halo 3 sitting in the front seat like some possessed Book of the Dead.

Now on trial, Daniel faces charges of murder and attempted murder. He is being tried without a jury before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. Daniel's lawyer commented that the boy was under heavy stress at the time of the incident, as a snowboarding accident left the teen with a severe staph infection. The accident also caused severe spinal damage, and the slightest injury could leave him paralyzed as a result (but he can climb out a window and hike all the way to a retail store to purchase Halo 3). Daniel became familiar with the Halo franchise while recuperating for a year, lying around watching television and playing games. His parents eventually banned games like Halo 3, saying that they are too violent.

Lawyers prosecuting the case do not wish to seek the death penalty, and surprisingly enough, the boy's family wants him home. In the year Daniel has been in custody, both father and son have mended bridges, and the family actually wants Daniel to come back home.

"You're my son," Mark Petric said after Daniel apologized for what he had done. "You're my boy."

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    ckthecerealkiller , December 17, 2008 6:02 PM
    Well I am glad that the kid realizes he was wrong an apologized. But this certainly isn't going to end well for anyone. I wonder if the kid was 17 when he bought the game. If he had been playing it for close to a year it could have breached the rules of the ESRB. Still I hope this doesn't cause a media uproar.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 6:16 PM
    lol, great pic to go with the article. ;)  Where do u guys find this stuff?
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 6:17 PM
    This is exactly the reason you need to beat your kids, you gotta start early so they don't get all fucked up later and turns on you. They'll thank you for it when they're adults. I know I am.
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    Blessedman , December 17, 2008 6:36 PM
    sounds to me this was a problem of religion more then violent video games. trap an animal in the corner away from something it wants, it is going to turn violent. This was a grown person that turned to violence over something that was forbidden. Why was it forbidden? I think this is actually a case for violent video games then against it. This shows that anyone from any walk of life is deprived of something they desire they will seek it out at any cost. In his eyes this was probably the only way out of his parents life. This should be a lesson to all parents everywhere!
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 6:40 PM
    one f*cked up kid

    Its either he has major issues

    or the parents gave him / allowed him to aquire these issues

    no other choices

    Very Sad imo especially when someone dies for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON

    taking a game away is absolutely no reason

    maybe if you or someone else is in mortal danger... but that wasn't the case
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    Aoster87 , December 17, 2008 6:42 PM
    This sounds like a case of a child with something wrong in the head paired with bad parenting. If the child doesn't have anything wrong in the head, the shame of killing his mother over pixils will drive him nuts. I don't feel sorry for the child. I can't wait to hear the politicians talk about how awful gaming is, not.
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    Jazanor , December 17, 2008 6:44 PM
    Blaming video games is just an excuse on the part of the media and the kid. This could just have easily been they took away X favorite object and unruly kid went on rampage.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 6:50 PM
    This is situation is created by the parents and their way of bringing up a teenager in a fanatic religions way. Drove him crazy in the end. Simple as that.
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    LVDAX , December 17, 2008 6:58 PM
    I love the fact that when the child is a pastors kid they blame everything else except the way the kid was raised. You can only be wound so tight before you break. This is a sad situation but should be a lesson to all.
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    tipoo , December 17, 2008 7:01 PM
    Atta boy!
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 7:03 PM
    Olle, that was one of the stupidest remarks you could have made.

    People like that need to die. No use in wasting money and earthly resources on them.
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    zak_mckraken , December 17, 2008 7:05 PM
    Sickening. And I find it disturbing that his dad wants him home after he attempted to kill him and killed his mother, cold-blooded, while telling them he had a "surprise" for them.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 7:06 PM
    Knowing what little I know about this case, I'd chalk it up to bad parenting. All things in moderation, the dad shouldn't have taken the game away completely. Also, the dad should have tried to be involved with the kid. He should have played Halo with him, then they could have gone a watched the Indians game together. Happy family.

    I'm actually looking forward to my son getting to the age where I will allow him to play violent video games, so I can blow his virtual head off! (God I hope I still have the dexterity to do that.)
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    Tindytim , December 17, 2008 7:06 PM
    Halo 3?

    Really? I have him put to death for not playing TF2.
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    jwl3 , December 17, 2008 7:08 PM
    Give me an effing break. How many douches posting here are now blaming religion as the cause of this psychopath. How many Amish kids kill their parents? How many Mormon kids kill their parents? How many Catholic kids kill their parents?

    Now let's put this another way. All you worthless turds out there criticizing religion solely because it's Christianity and not Islam, how many of you turds think muslims are terrorists because of islam (because they really and truly are)? I just love how lefty twerps love to criticize the one incident when an abortion clinic got bombed and the one incident where some psycho kid went nuts whereas they turn a complete blind eye to muslim riots in France, 250 people killed in Bombay, 70 killed in London, 250 killed in Madrid, 4000 killed in NY and Washington, etc. etc. etc.
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    Antichrist , December 17, 2008 7:10 PM
    I hope the kid realizes it wasn't worth it. For Grand Theft Auto IV, though, it probably would have been.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2008 7:12 PM
    The problem was the gun. Why the hell was a 9mm in a family home? This is a great reason to outlaw guns.
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    jwl3 , December 17, 2008 7:13 PM
    God forbid that parents set limits and rules for their kids. That's gonna turn them into mass murderers. Deny that kid a Maserati for his birthday - he's gonna go nuts! Deny him his favorite dessert as punishment, oh no, that's grounds for killin'. You can tell that half of these posters are adolescent fools who have no perspective and think their parents su ck cause they set limits. Do us a favor, don't ever have kids if you're going to let them run wild and free. Cause that's exactly what's going on in London and they've got a big problem with street crime at night. Bands of these yobs/teens with knives are running wild intimidating adults and authority figures. What they need is a good old- fashioned @ss handling by the cops.
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    zak_mckraken , December 17, 2008 7:28 PM
    While I don't approve guns in the first place, it seems this one was "locked" in the master's bedroom. How the kid managed to get it is another question. Ironicaly, if the game was locked but the gun was elsewhere, even an unlocked area, this situation might have never occured.

    On the other hand, if the kid is really f*cked up, it would have happened some other time in some other way.
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    Tindytim , December 17, 2008 7:29 PM
    First of all, the 'kid' was 17. If someone of that age is that susceptible of violence, there is something wrong with them. In which case, I still blame the parents. The point being, if you knew your kid was this susceptible to the media, you should have them under lock and key.

    Give me an effing break. How many douches posting here are now blaming religion as the cause of this psychopath.

    I think people are commenting on the whole forbidden fruit idea. For example, when I was young I remember watching all sorts of violent movies (I remember watching Blade when I was 10), and as I got older, I didn't really find gore or violence all that interesting, mostly because it wasn't forbidden from me.

    My younger cousin, on the other hand, is rather obsessed with violence. His mother is rather over protective, and attempts to shield him from the horrors of the world. As such, he spends most of his time online playing horribly gorey flash games.

    The point being, his father was probably a strict asshole to him about violence. And because he couldn't have it, a mediocre game with some violence probably got him all stiff in the pants.

    The fact of the matter is, the kid wasn't raised with the maturity to deal with violence, because his parents never wanted to deal with the issue in a direct or mature manner. So the kid went off without any guidance on the issue, and this is what happens.

    The problem was the gun. Why the hell was a 9mm in a family home? This is a great reason to outlaw guns.

    If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.
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