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Edgewood Teenager Kills Own Father While Defending Uncle

Edgewood Teenager Kills Father

First Posted: 09/05/11 02:11 PM ET Updated: 11/05/11 06:12 AM ET

A 47-year-old was stabbed to death by his teenage son on Saturday in Edgewood, Washington, after getting into a fight with his brother, according to local media reports.

Ralph Paputsakis apparently attacked his 46-year-old brother with a crowbar until his 17-year-old son intervened. The teenager didn't even know who the man was, according to the family, as Paputsakis was not active in his life. He was stabbed multiple times with a knife.

"We've all been crying all night long and it's the hardest thing I ever had to go through," the teen's sister, Heather Flores, told KING 5 News. "What my brother did to him, he didn't know it was our dad. He didn't know it. When he saw him, he just freaked out."

According to MyNorthwest, the brother of the man killed suffered head wounds and was taken to the local hospital for evaluation.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the case remains under investigation; it's not yet known if any charges will be filed.

"At this point we don't have probable cause. It appears that the boy was trying to protect his uncle," Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Blair told The News Tribune.

Edgewood is a small city just outside Tacoma, Washington, with a population of about 10,000.

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