The family of a Maryland father claims that he was viciously b*eaten to de*ath outside his home while defending his kids from a group of adults and teens who wanted to settle a quarrel that had begun at school.
Christopher Michael Wright, 43, was standing outside his house on Friday when he was approached by two adults and three teenagers who were searching for his fiancée’s 14-year-old son. The boy had earlier in the day gotten into a fight at Brooklyn Park Middle School with another teen, according to WBAL-TV.
“If he’s not going to fight, then you’re going to fight,” Wright was told by the group after he informed them that the boy would not be going outside to fight. Tracy Karopchinsky, Wright’s fiancée, told the outlet.
After being attacked by the group, Wright was transported to a nearby hospital, where he passed away on Saturday due to a traumatic brain injury.
“Even without counting punches, the damage that was done to him is evident.” Like, punching couldn’t have caused that. Even before the ambulance arrived to take him away, the damage was done. He’d had a seizure, after all. It was finished. The hospital was powerless to help, according to Karopchinsky.
Security footage captured the brutal beating. At that moment, all three of Karopchinsky’s children were at home.
“My 12-year-old son is heard screaming, ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,’ and running out of the house into the street to go help his dad,” Karopchinsky said. “My dad and I tried to go onto the camera to look,” she added. And after that, I was unable to watch anything more. I was unable to.
A school official confirmed that there was a fight at the school and told WBAL-TV that they are helping the Anne Arundel County police with their investigation.
No charges have been brought against any of the people involved.
As Karopchinsky sees it, parents need to take responsibility for the fact that her kids are so violent.
“They made our lives worse than ever. Their lives will never be the same again. “The fight has made no one think about how their parents’ lives will never be the same again,” Karopchinsky said. It’s everywhere and everywhere that we parents fail these kids as parents. It’s not up to the school to do that. It’s our duty to do it.”
She told Wright that he was her best friend and that he was a sweet dad who loved the stars and gardening. She said that a candlelight vigil would be held in his honour.