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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- For the second time this summer, a Southern California community has been shaken by an alleged mass killing involving knives.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office report that a 45-year-old man will be charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and his two sons.
Police said they were called to a home in Goleta where they found Nicolas Holzer along with the bodies of his alleged victims. According to police, the family dog was also stabbed to death.
Holzer was taken into custody without incident.
Investigators said there had been no previous reports of disturbances at the home Holzer shared with his father and mother and two sons, ages 10 and 13.
Holzer reportedly told arresting officers that he had killed his family members to fulfill his destiny.
The stabbings were reminiscent of a deadly spree on Memorial Day weekend where just a few miles away in Isla Vista, Elliot Rodger knifed two roommates and a friend to death before driving around the area of UC Santa Barbara to gun down three more people. Rodger later took his own life.
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