Lake County Police are investigating the double-murder of two teenage boys described as close friends and announced that a person of interest has been arrested.
It occurred last week when relatives of Maxwell Kroll, 17, discovered his dead body along with that of his best friend, Elijah Robinson, 18, at Kroll’s family home.
Police didn’t reveal further information regarding the teens’ deaths but Kroll’s sister spoke out to news outlets.
“My brother was 17 years old. He did not even get o live his life. He did not get to graduate high school; he got to do nothing. My family is devastated. This is my younger brother. I had co-guardianship of him.”
The grieving sibling said that a gunman broke into her grandparents’ residence in the middle of the night, gunned down the boys before burglarizing the home.
Her grandparents were present but were not harmed and did not witness anything. The teens were murdered around 3 and 7 a.m. Friday.
Robinson was living with his friend Max at his grandparents’ home after his own family moved away. He did so to keep his friendship with Max and his job, his father said.
“He was a kid, but he was trying to make moves. He was respectful and he loved his ‘Big J Grandma’ and his aunt Ruby more than anything,” Elijah’s distraught dad said.
Elijah and Max became friends in middle school, their relatives said, and since they were “inseparable.”
“Following our mother & father’s passing, my little brother Max was murdered in his home early morning on October 16th,” Max’s other sibling wrote on GoFundMe Page.
“This loss is tremendous and so unexpected…Max lives with our grandma and grandpa who are on a set monthly income. Any and every donation will help give my brother the service he deserves.”