When you are at home, you just do not expect for anyone to walk up to your house and set it ablaze.
Several days ago, someone actually entered a Washington mansion, murdered the four people there, and set the home on fire. The victims were Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family’s housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa.
All the victims were found bound with duct tape, for they were held captive. One of the victims was tortured, according to CNN. Authorities also confirmed that the killer walked away with $40,000. Therefore, they believe money was the motivating factor in this vicious crime.
“The Washington Post and a local NBC station reported Wednesday that one of Savopoulos’ employees came to the mansion while the incident was ongoing and dropped off a package with $40,000 inside.”
A blue Porsche that was reported missing from the home was discovered after the murders. Like the mansion, the car was also set on fire.
In an interview Bernardo Alfaro, the husband of the housekeeper (Veralicia Figueroa), said Savvas Savopoulos contacted him after Alfaro went to check up on his wife who did not return home the night before. However, before he could get inside the house, Savopoulos called him with a hospital story.
Savopoulos told Alfaro that Veralicia Figueroa was at the hospital with Amy Savopoulos because Amy was sick. Alfaro explained that he was suspicious of that explanation. He stated, “I started thinking, ‘Why? She doesn’t drive. She doesn’t speak very good English.” Alfaro said the last time he saw his wife was when he accompanied her to the bus stop for her to go to work.
Alfaro said his last words to her were, “I love you, God bless you.”
Nelitza Gutierrez, a second housekeeper, received a call from Amy a few hours before the fire. Amy told her to stay home.
According to CNN, “Savvas Savopoulos was the CEO and president of American Iron Works, a building materials manufacturer based in Hyattsville, Maryland.” His two other children were away at boarding school during the time of the crime.
The Metropolitan Police Department has identified Daron Dylon Wint as the suspect, said CNN. After the murders, Wint was taken into custody after “a manhunt” that led police from “Washington, D.C., to Brooklyn and back again,” said People.
Families need to feel safe at their homes and should not have to worry about anyone invading their private space. No we do not know the entire story involving this murder, but it is fair to say that nobody, especially that child, deserves to be killed and set ablaze.