Nicolas Etienne Holzer stabbed his two young sons and his parents to death inside their shared home in Goleta, California, reports The Santa Maria Times. The bodies were found in the home on the night of August 11 by Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies. The weapons used in the attack were a pair of kitchen knives.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Nicolas Holzer Told Cops He ‘Had to Fulfill His Destiny’
— Oscar Flores (@oflores) August 12, 2014
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Brown told the media during a press conference that Holzer’s reason for committing the heinous act was so that he could “fulfill his destiny.” Holzer was arrested at the scene “without incident.” According to a press release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Holzer dialed 911 himself to report the murders. The statement added that he was “calm and matter of fact” when he made the call.
2. Holzer’s Young Children Were Killed While They Slept
It’s reported that Holzer killed his father, William, 74, then his two sons, ages 13 and 10, while they slept. He then went on to kill his mother, Shiela. William Holzer body was found dead in the family’s den, his wife was found close to the room. The family’s Australian Shepard-type dog was dead in a hallway in the home, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff. The sheriff’s office added that Holzer and his wife divorced “8 or 9” years ago and he was awarded full custody of the children.
3. He Lived in the Home With His Kids & Parents
The home at 635 Walnut Park Lane is owned by the Holzer Family Trust, according to City Data. Claire Anderson a reporter with KCOY tweeted that Holzer had lived in the home with his grandparents and sons for seven years.
4. Holzer’s Father Was a Well-Known Scientist
The Santa Maria Times reports that William Holzer was a “well-known-scientist.” According to his LinkedIn page, William Holzer is an “Independent Defense & Space Professional.”
5. Prior to this Incident, Holzer Had No Priors
— Joe Buttitta (@KEYTNC3Joe) August 12, 2014
Holzer is being held in Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of four counts of murder with no bail. Prior to this incident, Holzer had no criminal record.