Read More from Washington PostVa. Teens Found Dead Declared Love in Notes
By Karin Brulliard and Rosalind S. Helderman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, January 5, 2005; Page B01
Michaela Wegner, 15, was a cheery honors student who baked cookies for her classmates and thanked her teachers for their hard work. Harold Anthony Holt Jr. was a 19-year-old Dallas Cowboys fan who had dreams of a career in computer drafting.
They lived in spacious South Riding homes separated by two miles of wide suburban avenues and a verdant golf course. And they were in love.
So in love, the teenagers wrote in notes, that they had to be together, even though their parents disapproved of their relationship. They were found together Monday afternoon on Wegner's backyard deck with fatal gunshot wounds.
Yesterday, while Loudoun County law enforcement officials were trying to determine whether the deaths were a double suicide or a homicide and suicide, they revealed that the pair left notes, in different handwriting, indicating that they did not want to be separated.
"They were deeply in love with each other," Lt. Col. Randy Badura said. "That's essentially the message we're getting, as bizarre as that sounds."
Badura said that Wegner's parents were concerned that Holt was too old for their daughter. Holt's parents declined to comment yesterday; Wegner's parents did not return a phone call last night.
The two notes were found inside Wegner's home Monday afternoon by sheriff's investigators shortly after Holt and Wegner were found with gunshot wounds to the head. Nearby was a handgun that belonged to Holt's father, officials said.
The teenagers, who showed signs of life when they were found by one of Wegner's family members, died at area hospitals that night. Preliminary autopsies performed yesterday did not reveal who pulled the trigger.
I wonder if any of you youngins would do the same?