In a shocking turn of events, a 43-year-old father from Maryland, met a tragic end as he defended his children from a group of individuals seeking to end a feud that began at school.
His family members recount the horrifying incident that led to his untimely demise.
Christopher Michael Wright was on his property this past Friday when he was approached by a group consisting of three teenagers and two adults. As per reports they were attempting to locate his fiancée’s 14-year-old son, who had been involved in a fight earlier in the day at Brooklyn Park Middle School.
Wright attempted to defuse the situation by informing the group that the boy was not going to come outside to fight. In response, they reportedly threatened him, asserting that if the boy would not fight, then Wright would have to, his fiancée, Tracy Karopchinsky, said.
Upon their confrontation, the group assaulted Wright. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to a traumatic brain injury on Saturday.
Karopchinsky disclosed to the press the horrifying details of his injuries. “The damage was inflicted before the ambulance arrived… He had suffered a seizure. It was over. There was nothing the hospital could do,” she said.
A security camera captured the lethal assault. Karopchinsky’s three children were present in the house at the time of the incident. In a heart-wrenching account, Karopchinsky described the distressing footage her family had to endure. “The first video that comes up is my 12-year-old son screaming, ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,’ and rushing out of the house to help his father,” she shared.
Brooklyn Park Middle School confirmed the initial fight and expressed its cooperation with Anne Arundel County police throughout the ongoing investigation. At the moment, no charges have been filed against the involved parties.
In light of the tragic event, Karopchinsky urged parents to take responsibility for what she perceives as a troubling rise in violence among young people. “Their lives are going to be changed forever… It is everywhere, and somewhere, we as parents are failing these children. It’s not the school’s responsibility. It’s our responsibility,” she proclaimed.
Describing Wright as her closest friend and a devoted father who had a passion for astronomy and horticulture, she announced that a candlelight vigil would be organized in his honor.