A father is beaten to death in front of his 12-year-old son when the college brawl broke out
A father was killed on his doorstep as he tried to defend his 14-year-old son after a fight broke out at a local school and a mob invaded his Maryland home.
Christopher Wright, 43, was embroiled in a fight that started at Brooklyn Park Middle School and moved to his Anne Arundel County home, claims his fiancée Tracy Karopchinsky.
She says her 14-year-old son got into a fight with another teenager at school on Friday, before three teenagers and two adults showed up at her house.
Her husband told the group that their son wouldn’t fight, to which they reportedly replied, “If he’s not going to fight, then you’re going to fight us.”
Wright was horribly beaten by the mob, watched by his 12-year-old son who ran to help him shouting “daddy, daddy, daddy” and taken to a trauma center. He was pronounced dead on Saturday after suffering head trauma.
Christopher Wright, 43, who died after suffering brain damage when he was beaten on his doorstep
Pictured: Christopher Wright, who died of his injuries following the incident last Friday
Pictured: Tracy Karopchinsky (left) and her son Tevin Wright (right)
The scuffle was caught on security cameras belonging to the victim and a neighbor, WBAL-TV reported.
Karopchinsky said: “My dad and I tried to go in front of the camera to watch, and the first video that comes up is of my 12-year-old son shouting ‘Daddy, daddy, daddy’ and running out of the house to go. on the street and help his father.
“I couldn’t watch after that. I just couldn’t.
She said her three children were at home when their father was attacked.
Speaking to CBS News, Karopchinsky said, “He was a friend to everyone, the outpouring we received from friends.”
“They’re really going to miss someone with a really big heart.”
School officials acknowledged the fight took place and said they were working to resolve the issue.
They are working with the police on the investigation. Police said charges could be brought against those involved in the brutal assault.
Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Marc Limansky said: ‘Anyone who aided or abetted or was an accomplice to the prime suspect or suspect in this incident would be guilty.’
Karopchinsky pointed to the devastating effects her husband’s death would have on her children and the children who attacked him.
She said: ‘They didn’t just ruin our lives. Their lives will be changed forever. Their parents’ lives are going to be changed forever, and no one thinks about it right after a fight.
‘It’s everywhere, and somewhere, we as parents let these kids down […] It is not the responsibility of the school. It is our responsibility,” she said.
Pictured: The Wright family home in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where the incident happened
Wright is pictured with Karopchinsky and children. She said parents were responsible for ‘the failure of these children’
School officials acknowledged the fight took place and said they would work to resolve the issue
Wright (pictured) was described as a devoted dad by his partner who loved gardening
Pictured: Wright and two of his sons at a Baltimore Orioles game
She said her partner was a devoted father who loved the stars and gardening, and told WJZ she had been engaged to her partner for eight years.
She said the world “lost a light” when he died.
The victim’s sister-in-law, Kristin Karopchinsky, said: “I will never forget the sound, I will never forget the noise my nephews made when we had to tell them he was gone.”
Their family is planning a candlelight vigil in memory of Christopher Wright.
Homicide Unit detectives are actively investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact them at (410) 222-4731 or the Anne Arundel County Police hotline at (410) 222-4700.