Maryland dad is beaten to death protecting son, 14, after three high school bullies, accompanied by two adults, showed up intent on fighting
Christopher Wright, 43, died on Saturday after sustaining a brain injury on Friday when he was beaten up by three teens and two adults on his doorstep in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Wright’s son, 14, was involved in a schoolyard fight earlier, but his adolescent adversaries accompanied by their parents, showed up at the family’s Maryland home insisting Wright let out his son to fight or fight them instead
Teens and adults severely beat Wright, inflicting the fatal brain injury – which was captured on several neighborhood surveillance cameras
Victim’s 12-year-old son watched the attack unfold and ran to help him, screaming ‘daddy, daddy, daddy’
Christopher Wright, [photo], died on Saturday after sustaining a brain injury on Friday when he was beaten up by three teens and two adults on his doorstep in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
A father was killed on his doorstep, trying to defend his 14-year-old son after a fight broke out at a local school and a group swarmed on his Maryland home.
Christopher Wright, 43, was dragged into a fight that started at Brooklyn Park Middle School and moved to his house in Anne Arundel County, his fiancée Tracy Karopchinsky claims.
Karopchinsky said her 14-year-old son got into a schoolyard fight with another teen at the school on Friday, before three adolescents accompanied by adults showed up at her home.
However, the police report said the assailants were three to four men all in their 20s to 30s. No arrests have been made in the case
Her husband told the group their son would not be fighting, to which they are said to have replied: ‘If he’s not going to fight, then you’re going to fight us.’
Wright was horrifically beaten by the group, watched by his 12-year-old son who ran to help him screaming ‘daddy, daddy, daddy’, and taken to a trauma center. He was pronounced dead on Saturday after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
Wright, 43, was dragged into a fight that started at Brooklyn Park Middle School on Friday between his fourteen-year-old son and another student
The other student came to Wright’s home on Friday evening accompanied by two other adolescents and two adults, allegedly, insisting that Wright let his son come out and fight or he would have to fight them instead
Devoted dad Christopher Wright with fiancée Tracy Karopchinsky and their children – Karopchinsky claims the parents of the teens who came to their home instigated the altercation
Karopchinsky said parents – who led the juveniles to their home – were responsible for ‘failing these children’.
The fight was caught on security cameras belonging to the victim and a neighbor, WBAL-TV reported.
Karopchinsky said: ‘My dad and I tried to go on the camera to look, and the first video that comes up is my 12-year-old son screaming, ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy’, and running out of the house to go into the street and help his dad.
‘I couldn’t watch anymore after that. I just couldn’t.’
She said her three children were home when their father was attacked.
Speaking to CBS News, Karopchinsky said: ‘He was a friend to everybody, the outpour we have been getting from friends.
‘They are really going to miss out on somebody with a really big heart.’
Officials from the school acknowledged the fight had taken place and said that they worked to address the issue.
They are working with police on the investigation. While no charges have been filed, Anne Arundel police have said that charges could be filed against those involved in the brutal assault. A local officer confirmed that weapons were not used in the attack.
Tracy Karopchinsky seen with her son Tevin Wright, [photo], stressed the devastating effects the death of her husband would have on her children, and the children who attacked him
Marc Limansky, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Police, said: ‘Anybody who assisted or abetted or was an accomplice of the main suspect or the primary suspect in this incident would be culpable.’
Karopchinsky stressed the devastating effects the death of her husband would have on her children, and the children who attacked him.
She said: ‘They didn’t just ruin our lives. Their lives are going to be changed forever. Their parents’ lives are going to be changed forever, and nobody thinks about that just from a fight.
‘It’s everywhere, and somewhere, we as parents, are failing these children […] It’s not the school’s responsibility. It’s our responsibility,’ she said.
Christopher Wright [left], seen on [[right] with his three boys, died from his injuries following the incident last Friday – The fallout of a schoolyard fight, that the assailants brought to his doorstep
Wright who was described as a devoted father by his partner, is seen [photo], with two of his sons at a Baltimore Orioles match
Chris and Tracy who started off as co-workers have been together for 15 years and shared three sons
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’ll never forget the sound, I’ll never forget the noise my nephews made when we had to tell them he was gone.’
They family are planning a candlelit vigil in the memory of Christopher Wright.