A 16-year-old high-flying student slaughtered his entire family of five then took his own life, according to police.
Timur Kimaletdinov, from Russia, massacred his “loving” mother, four-year-old twin siblings, and two grandparents in a brutal night attack that has left his village “shaken”.
The boy, an A-grade pupil who regularly won academic competitions for bright students in his region, wielded an axe during his murderous rampage, said reports citing law enforcement.
He later jumped to his death from a local phone transmitter mast.
In a note left on the dining room table amidst the bloody carnage, he said he loved his family, especially grandparents Viktor, 66 and Lidia, 69, and that it was a “pity” he would kill them.
He said he took their lives because he didn’t want the couple to be “sad” at the death of their close relatives.
His mother and grandfather tried to fight back, but the others were killed in their beds.
Timur left a voice message for friend Evgeny saying it had been “easy” to kill them.
He alerted a schoolmate called Daniil, 16, who found the boy’s body.
Timur was described by neighbours as “the pride of his close knit family” for his academic prowess.
Neighbours found five mutilated bodies with “deep axe wounds” after becoming suspicious that the grandparents were not tending their vegetable garden as usual on Sunday morning in Patrikeevo village in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region.
The butchered body of the boy’s mother Marina was near twins Sofia and Anton and the grandparents.
Police are seeking a motive for the killing spree.
Friends said Marina “adored” her children.
She was divorced from the father of her children, say reports.
A friend said that Timur had said he was “jealous” of the time his mother spent with the twins, and was upset she used him as a “nanny” to care for the four year olds.
According to one source, Timur had confessed his plan to kill his family in advance to a schoolmate who did not take his words seriously.
“The young man was a brilliant student, a participant and winner of many intellectual competitions (for bright students),” said state prosecutor’s official Vasily Zima.